Joints Need Movement!
By Donna Stark
If you are suffering from arthritis, going for a jog or a hike ... heck, even going for a walk ... may seem like it would do your body more harm than good, doesn't it? And since you have no desire to add even more pain and discomfort to your life, it's understandable that you may want to run (figuratively, not literally) in the opposite direction when the topic of exercise comes up. Well, I have news for you! As unbelievable as it may seem, physical activity may be exactly what your aching joints need. Keep reading to learn more.
Movement for Your Joints
It may be understandable why you would want to avoid exercise, but if done right, physical activity could be the best thing for your joints. Take a look at the following reasons why you should consider adding more movement to your days.
- Alleviates pain
- Improves joint function
- Decreases inflammation
- Lessens fatigue
- Reduces the risk of future pain
- Strengthens surrounding muscles
- Boosts quality of life
The Best Exercises to Choose
Before you start anything new, it's a good idea to check with your doctor first. You should use this time to address your concerns and ask for recommendations. Your doctor will likely give you advice on how often and intense you should exercise, and may even give you tips on how to handle those flare-ups if you have any. Be sure to do some research before you decide on what activity you would like to engage in, and remember, since your joints need to be the center of attention here, low-impact exercises are ideal. Here are some great suggestions.
- Walking - A daily 30-minute walk will improve both your joint and mental health
- Cycling - In addition to being joint-friendly, cycling is also a great way to burn calories
- Swimming - Swimming is the perfect all-over body workout that will not overtax your joints
Stick With Exercise
Even if you just don't feel like it or are still unsure about it, it's important to exercise and to add as much extra movement into your days as you can. Just do as much as you can within your comfort zone. After all, every little bit helps, and the more you do those little bits, the easier it becomes. So, what do you say? Are you ready to alleviate pain and gain more mobility? If so, it's time to lace up your shoes and move!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denver, Colo.