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Posts Tagged ‘low impact exercise’

Heavy Impact

March 23, 2011

Osteoarthritis affects more than 10,000 Americans annually. This degenerative joint disease makes basic tasks incredibly painful for those with severe cases. New studies have shown that weight can play a big culprit in the on-set of osteoarthritis.

Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center have found that an obese woman of average height who loses 11 pounds reduces her risk of knee osteoarthritis by 50 percent. That may seem unlikely, until you look at the numbers. A 10 pound weight gain adds an increase of force on the knee by up to 30-60 pounds, per step. That means if you’ve added on 20 pounds it’s like you’re putting the force of an entire other person onto your knees. Simple tasks like exercising and taking joint supplements can help reduce the effects of osteoarthritis.



Walking

Walking

Walking.  It doesn’t cost anything.  It doesn’t require special equipment or a an instructional video.  You don’t need a membership to a gym.  Just get up and start.

A terrific low-impact exercise program can begin with you walking just 30 minute a day.  You can do it just about anywhere.  Malls, a trail, the beach, a long sidewalk, parks, treadmills, anywhere you can safely put one foot in front of the other.

Walking will help lubricate your joints, elevate your heart rate, and get you working up a sweat.  Walking is a great low-impact exercise that can be an effective treatment option for your knee osteoarthritis.  If your excuse for not walking is that your knee hurts, try an arthritis knee brace to relieve your pain and get you up and moving,



Low Impact Exercise

What is low impact exercise?  It is a gentle form of exercise that places minimal stress on your knees and joints.  As long as you keep one foot on the ground during your work-out you will be exercising in a low impact manner.  Low impact exercise can help you lose weight which will make your arthritic knees feel better.

Exercise is an important treatment option to help ease the pain associated with your osteoarthritis of the knee.  Low impact exercise does not stress your joints and will help your heart, your waist line, your flexibility, your strength, and also help lubricate your knees.

This series of posts will show you some exercises to get you up and moving.