Summertime is meant to be filled with activity, but if your joints are bothering you, it can be no fun. We consulted our in house experts to find top tips for staying active:
Tip 1: Get Going
Contrary to popular belief, even if you’re joints are occasionally achy after activity, it’s still important to keep moving. Physical activity is the best way to keep joints healthy. Staying sedentary can cause more problems because it can cause muscles and joints to weaken or tighten.
Fortunately, summer offers many activities to keep you active. Activities that are easy on the joints like swimming, water aerobics, walking, biking and yoga are good options. Physical activity builds up your strength, which helps with shock absorption of the joints and helps to prevent injury. Even 10 minutes a day can make a difference. And the bonus is feeling and looking your best.
Tip 2: Fill up on Fruit
Not only does fruit taste good on a warm summer afternoon, but it also delivers great health benefits. Fruits that are bright in color contain antioxidants, which can help fight free radical damage. Antioxidants include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium. An easy way to remember these antioxidants is the acronym ACES. Apricots, cantaloupe, mangoes, papaya and peaches all contain at least one of these vitamins and are some of my favorite fruits. Don’t forget to take advantage of the large selection of berries available in the summer!
Tip 3: Lube Your Joints
If your car doesn’t have oil, it won’t work properly. It’s the same with your joints. As we age, there is normal wear and tear on the joints. Food and exercise help support joint health , but for some, that’s not enough. Looking into supplements that will help support your joints in addition to a healthy diet and exercise. Remember, with just a little effort you can stay moving all summer long and for years to come.
Here at Nature Made®, we use science-backed solutions to help support your health and wellness goals, whatever they may be. To support your joints, we suggest Nature Made® SAM-e Complete®♦ in either 200mg or 400mg. SAM-e is a naturally occurring molecule made in the cells of our bodies, however, it can run low due to factors such as diet and aging. SAM-e not only helps support a healthy mood but also provides a source of sulfur, which is a critical component of joint tissue. Help support joint comfort with a SAM-e supplement so you can help support your favorite summer activities.†
Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise or routine.
♦Complete because studies have shown that SAM-e helps support a healthy mood and joint comfort†
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Amy has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles and is a credentialed English teacher, though she left the classroom to write full time. She especially enjoys creating educational content about health, wellness, and nutrition. Her happy place is in the kitchen, and when not writing, you can find her trying out “kid-friendly recipes” and “healthy desserts for chocolate lovers” from her Pinterest board.
Lynn is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and is a member of the Medical and Scientific Communications team at Pharmavite. She has over 20 years of experience in integrative and functional nutrition and has given lectures to health professionals and consumers on nutrition, dietary supplements and related health issues. Lynn frequently conducts employee trainings on various nutrition topics in addition to educating retail partners on vitamins, minerals and supplements. Lynn has previous clinical dietitian expertise in both acute and long-term care, as well as nutrition counseling for weight management, diabetes, and sports nutrition. Lynn earned a bachelor’s of science in Nutrition with a minor in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a M.S. degree in Human Nutrition from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Lynn is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, and holds a certification in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Melissa is a registered dietitian (RD) and works in our Medical and Scientific Communications department as a Science and Health Educator. She has worked for Pharmavite for over 20 years educating consumers, healthcare practitioners, retailers and employees about nutrition, dietary supplements and overall wellness. Prior to joining the Medical and Scientific Communications team, Melissa launched and managed Pharmavite’s Consumer Relations department. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science, from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and completed her dietetic internship at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Orange New Jersey.
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