So I’ve been getting back into working out a bit more often. Before Lisa and I got together, I used to go climbing and work out a great deal, and although it’s unlikely I’ll ever achieve the same level of fitness again (although I might come close if I actually plan my workouts as opposed to just doing things randomly like I used to do) I retain the memory of being able to do silly things with hanging off pull-up bars and stuff.
Anyway, so one of the things that has always given me trouble has been joint pain. nothing massively serious, just the odd twinge here and there. The worst one I had recently was my right elbow which, when under tension, felt as though something inside there was going to go “ping” and send my tricep fluttering up into my armpit and the rest of me into a paroxsymal attack.
In an attempt to combat this, I have been doing lots of low-impact exercise. Cycling instead of running, lower weights with more reps, plenty of stretching, the usual deal. Another thing I considered was the use of a food supplement. Normally, I take a vitamin C and an iron supplement daily anyway, as when I go to donate blood I always seem to have borderline low blood iron, so when I noticed a deal on glucosamine sulphate at the supermarket I thought to myself, why the hell not?
I really should think before I do these things. The glucosamine/chondroitin arthritis intervention trial (GAIT) was a 4-year primary and 2-year ancillary study into whether or not the supplement in normal and combined forms was capable of reducing pain and preventing joint degradation in osteoarthritis sufferers.
The result? It works…almost as much as placebo does (except in the moderate -to-severe pain group, who showed a significant result with the combined supplement).
Two quid spent re-learning that lesson, then. I think in the future I’ll stick to the lower impact stuff and maybe just eat a little better.