Protect Your Joints!

In life, there is a saying that goes “you’re only as strong as your weakest link" when describing the strength of a team. At its most basic level, the human body is simply a "team" of interdependent units. And any weak link can prevent the body from achieving peak athletic performance. As a martial artist, you are only as strong as your weakest link.

Unlike muscles, joints do not receive nutrients from direct blood supply, but rather from the flow of fluids (eg. synovial fluid) in the joints. Movement stimulates the flow of fluids in the joints. Leading a healthy, active lifestyle with an above average level of physical activity will maintain good joint health. Additionally, it is worthwhile to invest in joint-sparing supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin to further enhance your efforts. For example, the Evolve Fight Team takes daily dosages of glucosamine and chondroitin as a measure for joint protection and long-term joint health.

The body is a wonderful machine that adapts to change. When there is a sensible and gradual increase of activity or load on the body, it adapts itself to withstand the change. In other words, if you challenge your body, it will only become stronger, better, and faster by adding more muscle tissue. This increase in muscle content in your body will reduce the stress on your joints. Equally important, you must have a flexibility program to keep your muscles flexible, hence reducing pressure on the joints. On the flip side, if you don't invest in physical activity and flexibility, your body will atrophy more rapidly over time. Without supporting muscles and flexibility, your joints will bear the brunt of pressure of your body and it will result in more wear and tear of your joints. This lack of supporting muscle strength and flexibility will inevitably lead to serious injury and joint pain.

In conclusion, your joints are the weakest links in your body. Weak joints can cause severe injuries and also prevent you from training at your athletic potential. You must learn to protect them by engaging in a physically active lifestyle, by increasing your muscle-to-fat ratio in your body, by utilizing a flexibility program, by building the supporting muscles around the joints, and by taking joint supplements. Protect your joints today in order to prevent problems tomorrow!

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