There’s no question that regular exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. When you are moving your body regularly, it helps to support healthy circulation, lymphatic movement, weight loss, and more. But it can be hard to exercise consistently if you are experiencing joint pain with these movements.
Whether you currently have joint pain, or you want to minimize the risk of joint pain in the future, it’s important to consider the types of exercises you are using. A good exercise strategy not only protects the joints but also helps you maintain fluid, strong movements throughout your life.
Certain exercises and movements can put pressure on the joints, leading to arthritis and/or joint tissue damage. Wear and tear on the body is normal, especially if you are participating in activities that strain the joints. While these problems are more common with age, there are things that you can do to prevent joint pain.
It’s important to understand the structure of the joints so you know how to protect these sensitive parts of the body. A joint is a location where two bones come together. The bones are connected with muscles, cartilage, and ligaments, with a structure designed to promote stability. The cartilage acts as a buffer to distribute the compression that is occurring when you move. Usually, wear and tear on the cartilage is what causes joint pain to occur most often.
The key is to improve the muscles around the joints so you can keep the joints stable. Additionally, flexibility is an important aspect to avoid straining the joints and muscles.
Joint pain is a “chicken and the egg” situation. If you aren’t moving, then the lack of motion can cause the joints to get stiff and painful. On the other hand, too much movement and improper form can place unnecessary pressure on the joints.
The goal to maintain healthy joints is to create an active lifestyle. This process is a lifetime goal – short bursts of exercises can put more pressure on the joints since your body isn’t used to the movement. Maintaining regular physical activity in the early and middle years of life sets the stage so you can continue with these activities in the older years.
One of the biggest benefits of maintaining healthy joints is to correct the issues in the earliest stages. As the pain progresses, it can lead to joint replacement surgeries and have an ongoing effect on your life.
There are many types of exercises you can choose to protect your joint health. Make sure to implement these tips when you are designing and implementing your exercise routine:
What types of exercises should you be using to strengthen your body, boost your heart rate, and protect your joints at the same time? You don’t need to follow a complicated exercise routine. Even simple movements can be a great way to get started.
Here are a few exercise ideas you might consider:
Do you experience joint pain on a daily basis? Then it might be time to talk to our team of pain management specialists. We help patients find relief from chronic pain issues. Contact us at Texas Partners Healthcare Group to schedule a consultation.