Julie says: This is a familiar problem; often people come into a Move it or Lose it class feeling creaky and leave feeling as if they’ve had their joints oiled!
We all feel stiffer if we’ve been sitting for a while and the same thing happens if we miss out on our regular exercise routine. Sometimes this is due to hormonal fluctuations, especially after menopause, but often it’s due to osteoarthritis when the cartilage is worn or damaged.
Exercise can help joints stay lubricated and healthy, which is why it has such a beneficial effect on mobility. On the day you miss your workout, try to stay as active as possible with daily tasks and avoiding sitting still for long periods.
Do a few simple mobilisers every day too: circle your shoulders round and back slowly, squeezing your shoulder blades inwards; reach up gently with one arm then the other; circle one foot and one hand round carefully in both directions then repeat on the other side; then sit and stretch one leg out in front with your toes pointing up to the ceiling for 5 seconds then repeat on the other side.
- Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450. Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at email@example.com
- There's more great advice from Julie in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.