Glucosamine: The Facts

Here’s some info based on a question that came up during a Bootcamp class about glucosamine supplementation. Glucosamine is an amino sugar found in the skeletons of shellfish and other organisms. Supplements are taken to help sustain or improve joint health and connective tissues. A lot of people with osteoarthritis have found it has helped decrease pain.

It helps with weight training because there is a lot of force on the joints as well as inflammation. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), glucosamine, and chondroitin combinations are very beneficial to reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation. Two new research studies indicate that the best strategy to protect the joints and improve your mobility is optimal body composition, a total body weight training program, and a blend of these supplements that includes MSM.

Remember to consult a professional for proper usage or for more information. An example of a combo supplement and quality of ingredients see here.

Getting Back On Track

We have all gone through it, lived it many times over. Those times in life where we fall off track in terms of exercise and nutrition. Some times it’s a day, sometimes a week or two, months or years. Many things, like life, get in the way; sickness, kids, work, injuries and so much more. So if we can accept that these times happen, how do we get back on track?

Beginning of March was when it started. I was in the best shape I have been since well before kids. Then I got sick, a 12 hour flu knocked me back 10 paces, mostly because we went on vacation 5 days later, came back and went to the gym once, then both kids got sick with a virus. It lasted over 2 weeks and I couldn’t bring them into the gym and rarely got a break to squeeze in a workout at home. Night waking and constant diarrhea replaced healthy meal prep and gym time!

Finally they were back to normal and I had lost all my routine and motivation, now what! So first step was deciding 100 percent to get back what was lost. I feel yucky, sluggish and just plain crappy, but I need to get back on track. I spent two days baking and cooking healthy meals so I had no excuses to healthy eating. I got rid of the comfort food that accumulated over the last month and replaced with healthy options. I made my plan for workouts and hit the gym up Monday morning. I stayed on track for the week and when I felt like straying I reminded myself how bad I feel when I am off track and how hard it is to get back on track. It comes down to willpower, motivation, and goal setting. Focus on those three keys to success when you decide it’s time to get back on track.

Share if you have other techniques or strategies that work for you!