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Encourage Physical Fitness for Joint Health

Taking charge of your client’s overall health is what can truly make a difference in their ability to stay strong as they age. With age people become more likely to experience joint pain and an increase in joint problems such as arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis. Encouraging them to take charge of their physical fitness can change their joints’ future as they age. Joints rely on strong muscles for support and to help them move smoothly without pain. Your clients should be incorporating weight lifting and cardio into their weekly exercise routines to ensure that their joints are strong and ready for the aging process. Let’s take a look at why weight lifting and cardio can help improve joint health.

Weight Lifting and Joint Health

Joints rely on being surrounded by strong muscles. Increased strength in your muscle causes your joints to do less work. When you don’t have enough muscle to support your joints, the joint is going to take on most of the pressure from movements causing harm to joint cartilage and tissues. Now, keep in mind that weight lifting does not mean clients need to throw around large amounts of weight and constantly calculate their “gains.” Using lighter weights and repetitive movements is going to be more beneficial to clients looking to increase their overall strength and will also be more welcoming to those who haven’t used weight training in their workout routine before. Note that it is crucial when lifting weights to do so with the proper form. Teaching your clients how to perform squats or lifts without proper form can lead to poor joint health. Doing them the right way is what can lead to good joint health.

Cardio and Joint Health

Aerobic exercise can improve muscle strength and joint quality as well. Clients who experience certain pains and are at different fitness levels should be guided to choose an aerobic exercise that fits them. Many clients experience joint pains in their knees and shoulders as they age. A great recommendation for them would be to swim. Swimming is a low impact cardio exercise that can help your clients build muscle and flexibility. Cardio has a variety of benefits outside of increasing joint health; it can also help lower resting heart rate, strengthen the heart, increase metabolism, improve recovery time if injured, improve brain function, and more! Have your clients try running/jogging, using the elliptical, stair climbing, or a variety of other cardio activities to help them find the right fit for their journey and current state of their joints.

Overall physical fitness improves bone density and keeps muscles that surround joints strong and healthy. A good balance of both will truly help your clients reach their strength goals, and improve their ability to avoid joint pain. It’s important to remind clients that strength is gained during recovery, so they should try and exercise three to four days a week. If your clients are looking to add supplements to their diets that can also help improve joint health, we recommend UC-II® from InterHealth. UC-II® has been shown to increase joint comfort, mobility, and flexibility. If you are looking for more information about supplements for you clients check out InterHealth’s variety of ingredients on our website or give us a call at 1-800-783-4636.

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