Not so long ago I shared a post all about fitting in your own training when you work as a Fitness Professional. One of the main areas that came up was about putting your body first and having to work through injuries. I mentioned that talking about injuries probably needed it’s own blog post so here I am ready to chat … in particular about taking care of your joints…
Most recently, I’ve been unlucky enough to suffer with lots of backache, shoulder and neck pain with most of it being muscle related. However, I’ve also been having some issues with one joint in my finger in addition to going through weeks and weeks of suffering with a wrist injury which I believe was caused when I cycled over a pothole at speed and the impact was taken through my wrist. At it’s worse, I could feel the pain constantly but I put a few remedies in place to help resolve the situation…
There’s Nothing Quite Like Rest
First things first, if you’re suffering from joint issues, the first action you should take is to rest. It is important of course to get the right balance as moving is also good for your joints to avoid them stiffening.
Keep Mixing Up Your Training
According to research conducted by AlchemLife™, many of us are unable to keep fit or take part in sport due to every-day joint pain. If that’s not you, then there’s no time like the present to start getting active in order to look after your joints. Great activities to try include:
- trail-running which strengthens your joints and increases bone density when in your 20’s. Impact is lower due to running on off road footpaths and grassy fields.
- spinning is another great option to get in a high intensity workout without overloading your joints
- swimming is usually the go to of the injured but in all honesty, of all the activities I have ever tried I think swimming is the one I have seen the most benefits from for cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and tone all while improving joint function.
- Nordic walking is an activity that has been gaining popularity in recent years and is especially perfect for those who don’t feel comfortable with some of the other activities.
Strengthening Your Joints
So many workouts these days are focused on big compound movements or focused on being high intensity that there is (IMO) a lack of focus on strengthening smaller muscle groups especially ones supporting joints. I always enjoyed Reformer Pilates and Yoga as forms of exercise that did that… they build strength while lengthening your muscles. This is probably a good time to mention the importance of a decent warm up and cool down. At a recent class I went to with AlchemLife™ as part of the launch of their new joint supplement, FlexiQule™, we spent a fair amount of time focusing on the warm up, to mobilise our joints plus lots of stretching which all contributes to improving flexibility and supporting joints. Don’t underestimate all of this… working with one 1kg dumbbell doing some small wrist exercises was one way I managed to improve the pain…
There’s A Supplement For That…
FlexiQule™ is food supplement designed to help maintain healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility. It’s made from 100% natural active ingredients gingerG321 and boswelliaG301 which both have anti-inflammatory properties and help to maintain joint health. AlchemLife’s unique PhytoAdvance™ technology, which harnesses the ingredients for better efficacy and bioavailability.
FlexiQule™ natural joint supplements are £16.99 for 30 capsules and are available online or from LloydsPharmacy’s nationwide from the 29th October. Free from gluten, wheat and sugar and no known side-effects. To find out more visit: https://www.alchemlife.com/uk/flexiqule/
If In Doubt, Seek Professional Help
It can be so easy to turn to painkillers when you suffer from joint pain but I always see this as a short term solution which is just masking the issue. It also means you can risk doing yourself more damage if you continue to aggravate the issue. My first port of call with my wrist was to request an MRI from my GP (which he told me he could only do after an x-ray was performed). You also have the option of visiting a Physiotherapist, Sports Therapist or even an Osteopath depending on the issue and what’s available to you.
Any niggling injuries for your own?!
…and photo credits go to Ben Read Photography with the exception of the supplement package image which I take full responsibility for y’all!