Keep your joints healthy while taking part in sport

30 July 2012

Active people can help to ward off the threat of joint problems by implementing a number of precautionary measures before and during their exercise regimes, one expert has advised.

Laura Williams, a diet and fitness expert, explained that good joint health can be maintained by resistance training, so that the large lower body muscle groups are strong and powerful enough to support the forces transferred up through the body when people are running.

She added that good fitting and well cushioned running shoes are a must too, and advised people to get fitted for these at a specialist running store if they want to do the best thing for their body and avoid hip problems, back pain and knee issues.

"And do consider cross training too, so that you're participating in other forms of lower impact cardiovascular exercise – cycling and swimming are both good forms of low impact aerobic exercise," the expert recommended.

One man currently taking steps to ward off any joint problems is Usain Bolt, the hot favourite for gold in the men's sprints at the London Olympic Games, who has been sleeping in a special 7ft orthopaedic bed in a bid to avoid any kind of muscular or skeletal ailments that could compromise his chances of victory.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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