Strengthen Bones and Joints
There are certain conditions people can suffer from that make physical
activity difficult. One of those is joint pain. Movement is restricted,
but if you suffer from a type of joint pain don’t be discouraged. Exercise
may not have to be cut out of your daily regimen.
There are several types of joint pain. Arthritis seems to be the most
common. The joints get stiff and inflamed. Every time you move your
fingers, bend your knees, bend or straighten your arms, the pain can be
excruciating. Doing the things you love is tough enough without adding
exercise to the equation. But, exercise is not the enemy.
There are many treatments for joint pain. Pain medicines allow for
movement in the painful joint. Exercise will also help increase the
strength in these joints for a stronger body. Here are some suggestions:
1. Dancing – you don’t have to be spinning and hopping all over the dance
floor. Dancing classes like salsa, ballroom dancing, foxtrot and others
are less demanding than some of the dances people are doing these days.
Dancing provides full range of motion of the arms and legs. This is a
combination of stretching and strengthening. Your abdominal muscles get a
good workout when you dance. Keeping all of your joints in motion like
that helps with pain management.
2. Ride a bicycle – bicycling provides a relaxing way to exercise. Your
legs go through the full range of motion as you pedal. Adjust your bike
seat so that you aren’t leaning over too much and hurting your back and
also so your legs get a full stretch.
3. Weight training – this comes up often. There are very few conditions
that weight training won’t help. Increasing muscle mass and strength is
good for maintaining health. Muscles attach to bones and aid movement.
4. Aerobics – those who participate in impact sports can strengthen their
bones. This is good for women who are prone to osteoporosis. Strong bones
strengthen joints. Play a game of basketball or take an aerobics class.
Work at your own pace and you will still see the benefit of your efforts.
5. Walking – walking burns calories and stretches your body. Some joint
pain sufferers have weight issues and walking can get that weight off to
lessen the pressure on the joints as you strengthen them. Walk with
comfortable shoes and on even terrain like the school track or on a
treadmill. Walking on rocky or uneven ground can do more harm than good
because you can fall or twist an ankle.
Those who suffer from joint pain are suddenly limited in what they can do.
It hurts to move their various joints. Exercise can help. Moving your body
will increase flexibility, strength and lose some of the weight bearing in
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