JOINT CARE

5 Joint Care Tips for Runners

5 Joint Care Tips for Runners

Running is a great way to get a satisfying workout without having to go to the gym or buy expensive equipment. It’s also one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. Unfortunately, many people don’t realise just how physically demanding running can be on the body, especially on your joints. Runners experience regular aches and pains in their joints because of the physical toll that running can take on the body. Here are a few ways you can avoid and relieve those pesky joint problems you may have as a runner.

1. Wear the appropriate shoes

One of the first things to rethink about your running regimen is your shoes. Wearing the wrong shoes can put a lot of stress on your legs, specifically on your knees. Shoes without the proper cushioning will not absorb much impact, causing your joints to feel every impact. Wearing shoes that were designed with vigorous exercise in mind and have the appropriate amount of cushioning will lessen the stress on your joints, and decrease any pain you experienced during or after a workout. If you plan on regular workouts, it is worth visiting a higher-end athletics store that will measure your gait, look at your feet, and recommend proper running shoes to match any conditions you may have such as flat feet or pigeon toes.

2. Nutrition

Your diet is another aspect of your running regimen that may be playing a significant role in joint pain being experienced during or after exercise. Certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to lessen pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and other joint problems. Some of the foods that may be helpful include things like berries, nuts, dark leafy greens, fish oils, and foods containing turmeric such as curry. Another great way to ensure that your body is getting the appropriate nutrition is by supplementing your diet. Health supplements such as LQ’s Joint Care – which contains glucosamine, vitamin C, and marine collagen – have a variety of nutrients to support joint health.

3. Watch your weight and posture

Maintaining a healthy body weight can make all the difference for your joints, as one of the leading causes of aches and pains in joints is supporting excess body weight. Carrying extra weight puts more pressure on your knees and joints, causing more stress to be put on them while you run. Another major factor in joint health is your posture, which can also cause joint discomfort. Correct posture keeps your joints in their correct alignment and ensures that muscles are being used appropriately. Good posture also decreases the stress being put on joints.

4. Run only on the right surfaces

The surface that you spend time running on can have a major influence on the state of your joints. Avoiding hard surfaces like roads and instead taking your running to dirt trails can make all the difference for your knees and joints, as the impact of a hard road under your feet can very quickly lead to aches and pains. It’s recommended that runners avoid flat cement surfaces wherever possible.

5. Training and running only when healthy & stretching

Training appropriately is important in maintaining healthy joints – working your way up to longer workouts will take stress off your joints, as will stretching before a run. Taking these precautions proactively will help your joints operate as they are meant to, and help to avoid or alleviate joint aches and pains. Proper training can take some time, but gradually moving up to longer, more intense runs will save your knees from common injuries and strain. Runners should also avoid exercising when injured or otherwise unhealthy, as running when injured can cause serious damage to your knees and joints. If your knees or joints are damaged, it’s important to take care of the problem proactively before further running-related damage can set in. A couple of sessions with a running coach may be worth the investment to design a program that won’t just help you get the most out of your runs, but put less strain on your joints.

Running is a great way to get exercise and at the same time ward off the stress of everyday life, but it can also take a toll on your joints. Taking the right proactive precautions are important – wearing appropriate running shoes, eating a balanced diet and supplementing your vitamin intake, watching your weight and posture, running on softer surfaces, and training will help you avoid joint pain and discomfort, and ensure that your running regimen goes uninterrupted.

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Collagen and Healthy Aging

Collagen and Healthy Aging

The aging process is a reality for every living thing, and something that everyone wrestles with. Over the years, attitudes towards aging have drastically changed as a new generation of seniors brings with it modern views towards physical and mental health, and increasing acceptance and adoption of technology and new trends. Rather than living with chronic conditions, younger seniors have taken to being proactive in the prevention of age-related medical problems.

A healthier approach to aging

With the new generation of senior citizens adopting modern views, societal outlook on the aging process has transformed in a positive way, embracing healthy lifestyles, beneficial technologies, and putting an increased focus on proper nutrition. Many seniors are now leading healthier, more active lives in order to ward off many of the chronic conditions that come with aging. These new attitudes and lifestyle adjustments will see seniors leading longer, healthier lives and being proactive about putting off many of the chronic conditions that can come with aging – creating a much happier and healthier generation of seniors.

Getting more comfortable with old age

A population more accepting of the aging process and approaching it in a more proactive manner means that people are overall growing more comfortable with the idea of old age – even if the growth continues to be slow in comparison to traditional Asian beliefs regarding the aging process. This means that the aging population is more comfortable with trying things like nutritional solutions and supplements targeted towards seniors, especially if it means temporarily warding off common signs of aging such as joint and bone problems, sagging or wrinkling skin, and age-related diseases.

The reality of aging

As we grow older, we start to show classic signs of aging that include dramatic changes to our skin, bones, joints, hair, muscles, and other major parts of our bodies. This is largely because our natural production of collagen, an important structural protein found in connective tissues, bones, skin, tendons, and elsewhere. A halt in the natural production of collagen means that our tissues are far less efficient in the regeneration and repairing processes, causing our skin to wrinkle and sag, hair to thin and fade, and joints and bones to experience increasingly common aches and pains.

Potential seen in collagen supplements

Since the slow down in our natural collagen production leads in part to some of the most common signs of aging, many seniors are looking towards the potential held by nutritional supplements that offer a boost to the body’s natural collagen stores. In the hopes of combating many of the signs of aging, more and more seniors have begun to restore some of their lost collagen with nutritional supplements such as LQ’s Joint Care supplement, which contains Peptan marine collagen. It also contains vitamin C, which aids in the natural production of collagen.

Through proper dieting and nutritional supplements in conjunction with more active lifestyles and positive views towards aging, seniors can live longer, healthier lives without worrying about some of the common chronic conditions associated with old age.

For more information on what LQ’s liquid supplements can do for you, contact us today.

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It isn’t until you have an injury yourself, that you really put this into perspective. Last year I pulled something in my back, simply by picking up a barbell without thinking & taking all the strain with my back. At the time I just thought that oops – that was bad form! But a week later, my back was in BITS! It took a couple of months to properly repair itself, meanwhile I was so limited to the exercise that I could do.

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