MUSCLES & JOINTS
Muscles, joints and bones are a part of our musculoskeletal system. Together with tendons, ligaments and soft tissue, they support our body’s weight and help us move.
Muscles allow us to move, sit up straight, run, walk and lift. The function of muscles is to keep bones in place and support their movement. Tendons connect muscles to bones. They are made of fibrous tissue and collagen, and are tough but not very flexible. Cartilage is a connective tissue. It protects bones from rubbing against each other.
Bones support the body, protect organs and tissues, store calcium and produce blood cells. They provide structure and form for our body. Different bones are connected by joints and this connection enables us to move.
Collagen is a type of protein which plays an important role in maintaining the elasticity to connective tissues including tendons, muscles, joints and ligaments. Collagen also provides your skin with structure and strengthens your bones.
As people age, their bodies naturally produce less collagen. Losing collagen may lead to a loss of skin elasticity, overall flexibility, joint pain or osteoarthritis. A key reason why people lose collagen is due an incomplete diet.
Using collagen as a food supplement may improve your skin health, help relieve joint pain, prevent bone loss, increase muscle mass and increase the strength of hair and nails.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose their density. As people age, muscles lose their mass and cartilage begins to wear away. Bones become weak, and may fracture. During the later stages of osteoporosis, people may feel symptoms like back pain, loss of height or more frequent breaks of bones.
In order to prevent osteoporosis, it is necessary to exercise regularly, eat healthy foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, and potentially take collagen supplements.
INFLAMMATION & MUSCLE PAIN
There is muscle tissue in all parts of our body. Many of us have experienced discomfort in our muscles at some point. We can feel muscle pain because of excessive physical activity, which causes inflammation. Muscle pain can also be caused by other reasons, such as stress, colds and poor diet.
SPORT EFFECT ON MUSCLE
The effects of exercise on muscles depend on the type and duration of the physical activity. Every physical activity, whether lifting weights, stretching or running, affects our muscular system.
Short term results of exercise include increased metabolism and lactic acid production. Some of the long-term physical effects on muscles include increased muscular strength and muscular endurance; increased muscular resistance to fatigue; and enhancing muscular and joint strength and flexibility.