Joint Pain is a complaint common to about 1/3 of all adults. The three most common areas for joint pain are #1 knee, #2 shoulders and #3 hips. One of the best remedies for such pain is…you guessed it…weight loss.
As you likely know, joints form the connection between your bones. They not only support your body but they also help you move. Joint pain can be caused by injury and sometimes injury results from your joints having to carry a larger load than they were intended to support. Although I cannot guarantee you will be free of pain, I can tell you that with as little as 10% excess body weight loss; your joint pain usually improves. As you continue to lose weight, your pain can be entirely eliminated or significantly improved – we see this every week. So what are you waiting for? Let us help you begin losing weight today so you can feel better soon.
Do you wake up in the morning with achy, painful joints? Does the thought of even moving your body cause you stress? You’re not alone. It’s a common problem with many causes, including osteo-arthritis, old injuries, postural problems, inactivity, old age, and more. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, and pain relievers are simply a band-aide.
Do you want to know the SECRET to joint pain relief?……. EXERCISE!!! Probably the very last thing you want to do when you’re in pain is exercise. However, exercise is crucial for people with joint pain. Limiting your movements could weaken you muscles and cause even more problems. Keeping your muscles and surrounding tissue strong is necessary to maintain support for your bones. Increasing your strength and flexibility will help reduce the pain and help combat fatigue.
Exercise is vital because:
*It makes you feel better about yourself
*Controls your weight
*Gives you more energy
*Sharpens your mind
*Maintains bone strength
The types of exercises you choose depends on what type of arthritis and joints are involved.
Range of Motion: these exercises can be performed daily. An example of ROM is shoulder rolls or arm stretches over the head.
Strengthening Exercises: includes weight machines, free weights, or toning bands. They should be performed three times a week, depending on your level of pain.
Aerobic Exercises: for overall fitness and more stamina. Examples are swimming or biking. To reap the benefits of aerobic exercise, you should strive for at least 3 times a week.
We have two chair fitness videos available to you on DVD. (Pick up a copy of Sit & Get Fit at the Nutrition Store or order it online!) One video is cardio, and the other is toning. Painful joints need not exempt you from exercising. It’s actually critical for you to move your body, even through some of the pain. It’s easy to use pain as an excuse to not exercise. But if you don’t move your body, you’re setting yourself up for even more physical problems. Make sure you talk to your doctor about what pain is normal. Start slowly, move gently, and ice afterward if you need. Don’t overdo it. Listen to your body!