Exercise may be beneficial for joint health. Exercise for a minimum of 150 minutes per week is a popular recommendation to maintain a healthy weight and support joints. Weight-bearing exercise promotes joint health, physical function and quality of life.
Glucosamine is a natural compound found in the body, with a high concentration in joints. Glucosamine has been shown to support joint mobility and reduce mild joint stiffness in mild osteoarthritis.
Muscles can change as you age; these changes can include loss of muscle mass, strength and function. For example, muscle mass decreases by 3-8% per decade after the age of thirty, with the rate of decline increasing after sixty. Helping prevent loss of muscle mass protects you from falls, injury and illness as you age. Maintaining muscle mass and strength through exercise, healthy eating and supplementation can help support healthy muscle function, giving your muscles what they need to keep you moving.
Short-term muscle inactivity has been shown to reduce muscle mass and strength, even in young people. Both resistance training and aerobic exercise can improve muscle health. Resistance training (e.g. weights training) has been shown to increase muscle and strength in adults, including the elderly and physically frail adults. Aerobic exercise has been shown in preliminary trials to increase muscle protein synthesis in healthy older adults. Speak to your doctor about which exercise program is right for you.