How does exercise help you?

Exercise has enormous benefits for your health, and moderate exercise can be built into your daily routine to help protect against a number of diseases and health concerns: 

Up to a 35% lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture.
A 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults).
A 30% lower risk of depression.
A 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis.

Unfortunately, many of us fail to achieve the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, frequently blaming this on a lack of time, a lack of motivation or even on a fear of osteoarthritis caused by exercise.

Exercise isn’t bad for your joints

There is some confusion when it comes to exercise and its effect on your joints, with many often wrongly associating the idea of ‘strenuous physical activity’ with having a negative effect.

Some even believe exercise to be a contributing factor towards arthritis, when actually it has been medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis.1

Take a look at the research

- In 2005 British researchers evaluated 13 randomised clinical trials that compared walking, muscle strengthening exercises, and conventional therapy without exercises in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The results suggested both walking and muscle-strengthening to be safe methods of reducing pain and disability.

- A study involving 5,200 residents of Framingham, found no link between exercise and arthritis of the knee. It also showed exercise was as friendly to the knees of joggers as walkers, even though jogging subjects the lower body to much higher impact and stress than walking.

10 years ago I slipped on a tennis court tearing the cartilage in my knee. 10 years on, I continue to play tennis without the need to return for surgery and neither has my knee become any worse.

Healthspan customer, Jim Maguire has been taking supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin for many years.

Don’t forget about the side effects

- Listen to your body when developing a routine and opt for a gradual build up of activity as opposed to a sudden uptake of high intensity exercise.

- If you find yourself suffering with achy joints, nutrients such as glucosamine and chondroitin can provide your joints with the protection that they need.

What is glucosamine and chondroitin?

Glucosamine is an amino sugar created naturally by the body. It is essential for the production of glycosaminoglycans, molecules responsible for the formation and repair of cartilage. The amount of glucosamine your body produces decreases with age. A daily intake of glucosamine could help strengthen joints and shorten recovery time after injury. Glucosamine supplements could also help prevent the breakdown of cartilage and alleviate the pain and inflammation. Chondroitin is the ‘Perfect Partner’ to Glucosamine, as both are important building blocks for making joint cartilage, synovial fluid and ligaments. Chondroitin combines with hyaluronic acid (made from glucosamine) to form ‘springy’ molecules that increase the elasticity and resilience of cartilage and synovial fluid. I recommend taking a supplement which combines both glucosamine and chondroitin.

Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and Medical Director


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