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Monday, April 18, 2011

Motivation Monday - Get Moving!

Doctors' New Advice for Joint Pain: Get Moving

IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! Instead of pushing medications, they are finally telling people to become active!

"the CDC says obesity prevention, physical activity programs and self-management education courses in local communities offer the best chances of limiting the damage from osteoarthritis."
You don't say? So Jack LaLanne was right? "The only way you can hurt your body is if you don't use it."
"Even mild exercise can be painful for osteoarthritis patients. But with time, doctors say, the benefits accumulate as reduced pain and greater mobility. Strengthening the muscles around the knees or hip can help support the joints and take over some of the shock-absorbing functions played by cartilage, according to Harvard Medical School experts. Stronger muscles can also hold the joints in the most functional and least painful position. Regular activity can also replenish lubrication to the cartilage of the joint to reduce stiffness and pain. And aerobic activity such as swimming that doesn't put heavy stress on the hips, knees and spine can reduce inflammation in the joints, as well as improving overall fitness and weight control."
I see this ALL, THE, TIME! A new member comes in, over weight, out of shape, bad joints... I start them with a simple squat progression; sit down on a bench and stand up. The feedback I receive? "That hurts my knees, I don't want to do those anymore." What many people don't seem to understand is, as stated in the article, "with time the benefits will accumulate as reduced pain and greater mobility."

Yes, you may feel some discomfort in your knee joint right now. That is because...
  • You are essentially bone on bone: "Osteoarthritis, which can affect knees, hips, feet, hands and other parts of the body, occurs when the cartilage that cushions the spaces between the joints wears away."
  • you have excess body weight: "Since each pound of extra body weight adds the equivalent of four pounds to the knees"
  • Your muscles are weak: "Stronger muscles can also hold the joints in the most functional and least painful position."

There are no miracle exercises. A squat, or pushup, or running, or bicep curl (bicep curls are stupid!) will not fix a problem. BUT, if you continue to perform certain exercises, in a well structured program and with proper nutrition, you will lose body fat, get stronger, and reduce aches on the joints!

The human body is remarkable! It is very well designed to perform many tasks. The problem is, you have to use it! It is designed to be used. If you don't then bad things will happen. So get off your butt and get active. Your body will respond positively!

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