Is joint pain slowing you down? From Spotlight on Health - Summer 2011
“Before starting an exercise program, talk with your health care provider about different options that are right for you as well as to ensure you are healthy,” recommends George Morris, MD, a board-certified family and sports medicine physician with CentraCare Clinic.
Exercise is important to maintain your ideal weight. Every extra pound of weight you carry, adds three times more pressure on your knees. Exercise helps to maintain bone strength and gives you an additional energy boost.
“Exercise improves the strength and flexibility around your joints, which takes the stress off your bones and decreases your chances of falling and breaking a bone,” Dr. Morris said.
When exercising, warm up slowly and don’t overdo it. Previous injuries put your joints at risk for wear and tear and eventual breakdown of the cartilage in your joints.
Maintaining good posture is good for overall muscle and joint health.
“Exercise is a great way to keep feeling young, fit and active while maintaining your bones and joints,” Dr. Morris adds. “Exercise doesn’t mean that everyone has to run a race. Exercise should be something you enjoy and keeps you active.”