t 63, tennis legend Chris Evert, win-
ner of 18 Grand Slam titles, knows
joint health is important for staying
active. As an aging great athlete,
Evert has a routine of healthy practices. She
tells the Connection that she maintains her
joint health in the following ways.
Stretching. Evert does hot yoga twice
a week. By regularly stretching muscles
and tendons, joints gain (or at least main-
tain) range of motion. If your range of
motion decreases, your ability to be active
decreases. Avoid sitting in one position for
too long. If you’ve been sitting at your desk
or on the couch watching TV, get up and
stretch every 30 minutes.
Weight training. “Unless you want
your upper body to sag, you need to do
weight training twice a week,” says Evert.
As part of her twice-weekly routine, she
incorporates exercises that require both
body weight (e.g., push-ups) and barbells
( 10 to 15 pounds).
Diet/supplements. Evert believes in
moderation when it comes to diet. “I have
a chocolate chip cookie if I want,” she says
(she adds that she offsets that cookie by eating greens, fruits and fish).
In addition to maintaining a healthy
diet, she also takes supplements to increase
her flexibility and improve joint comfort as
she continues to play tennis at her tennis
academy in Boca Raton, Florida.
She says, “After spending long days
on the court with up-and-coming players,
I often use pain-relieving cream to help
relieve pain in my joints and muscles.”
Both the cream and the capsules she
takes regularly contain Boswellia serrata
extract, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Aerobic activity. While Evert still plays
tennis on a regular basis, she also loves to
get out for a good run. She knows the importance of staying active to keep the joints
lubricated and functioning. You’ve heard the
phrase “Use it or lose it”? The same goes for
joint health. If you don’t already, consider
walking, swimming or cycling for 20 to 30
minutes a couple of times a week.
Sleeping. Of the healthy habits Evert
discussed, she says she is the “most disciplined” with sleep and shoots for eight to
nine hours a night.
Amanda McCracken is a journalist and coach
writing about sports, health and everyday
superheroes ( amandajmccracken.com).
Chris Evert offers her
advice to keep joints
healthy and active
by AMANDA McCRACKEN
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Sleep and joints
For those suffering from joint pain, sleep
is often disrupted. Disrupted sleep can
lead to an increase in inflammation.
Not enough deep sleep decreases production of the human growth hormone
needed to repair the body.—AM
For more sleep tips, see page 57.
Watch Chris Evert
talk about joint
health. (See page
11 for details.)
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Amanda McCracken (left)
with Chris Evert