Joint health is a big concern for many people as it can affect every part of their lives. As a personal trainer, it’s likely that you’ve heard numerous questions from clients of all fitness levels about what they can do to increase their joint health. First of all, if they’ve expressed any concern for the comfort of their joints, we recommend that they speak with a doctor before getting into a new routine. However, here are a few recommendations you should make.
Take a walk. There’s a reason that you always hear companies talking about getting extra steps in every day. Walking is one of the best activities for your body and mind. Walking can help improve your client’s joint health for a few reasons. Mostly, it can help with weight management which can reduce the amount of stress on joints over time, in particular on the lower body.
Stretch the body. Your client probably knows the benefits of stretching for the muscles, but they may not be aware that stretching can help keep joints from becoming stiff. Instruct your client stand with their feet together and slowly reach for the ceiling as the inhale, and then return to a relaxed, standing position and repeat. Standard lower-body stretching may also help. We recommend that you instruct your client to perform all stretches slowly and deliberately.
Try water fitness. It’s no secret that swimming and aqua aerobics are excellent activities for fitness because of the combination of low impact and increased resistance. If your client has access to a pool or natural body of water, getting active in the water may make a vast improvement in their joint health. Whether they are swimming laps, walking laps, or joining a class, they’re bound to benefit from taking their fitness to the water.
Build lean muscle mass. Suggesting light weight and resistance training to build lean muscle mass can be another way to improve joint health. Muscle can help take the load off of the joints and may help protect the joints. We recommend that you set them on a very light schedule and train them properly on any exercises.
Hydrate. Just like the rest of our body, joints need to stay hydrated to keep healthy. We highly recommend the eight glasses of water guideline for everyone, but that number could be increased for people concerned for their joint health.
Refrain from staying motionless. Many people work jobs that require them to sit all day. The issue is that staying in one place all day can do a number on the body. Tell your clients to set an hourly reminder to stand up, stretch, or take a walk around the building to help keep muscles and joints from becoming too stiff.
When your clients are seeking to improve their joint health, simply adding light activity can help manage their weight and keep the body from becoming stiff which can be a great start. Keeping their weight in a normal range can make a big difference. Also, we recommend that you tell your clients about the supplement UC-II® for joint comfort and health. Four clinical studies show that the benefits of 40 mg of UC-ll® are joint comfort, mobility, and flexibility. Learn more on our website or by calling 1-800-783-4636.
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