Is joint pain preventing you from performing your exercise routines? If so, know that you are not alone; this problem can be even more frustrating when we are overweight or obese.
Our joints e.g. hips, knees and ankles carry are the main weight bearing components of our body which can also begin to collapse as a result of stress. Over time, this can have detrimental effects such as lead to severe pain, decreased activity, more weight gain and osteoarthritis.
Weight loss, even small amounts can make a tremendous difference. For example forces in the hips and knees are increased about 3 times body weight with simple walking and more significantly when running. This means that 10 pounds of extra body weight feels like an extra 30 pounds on ones knees.
Research has shown that moderate weight loss can have a dramatic effect on the relief of joint pain. Some studies have also shown that even losing 10-15 pounds will decrease ones chancing of developing arthritis of the knee by at least 50%. Starting with a reasonable goal e.g. losing 10 or 20 pounds over a realistic time frame can help alleviate joint pain, while also improving one’s confidence and self-esteem. Even if you are experiencing joint pain, there are ways you can exercise and remain active.
For example low-impact activities such as swimming and aquatic exercises, cycling, elliptical machines, aerobics and brisk walking, raise your heart rate, improve cardiovascular fitness, and burn calories while not putting too much stress on your joints. Routinely performing these types of exercises can be a very effective, low impact way to lose and maintain ideal body weight.
Science has shown that one’s chances of developing knee arthritis are strongly associated with their body weight. It is also more common for obese people e.g. those with a high body mass index* (BMI) of 30 and above to develop arthritis at young ages. This puts them at risk for other weight related chronic conditions e.g. heart disease, diabetes, stroke, advanced arthritis with the need for joint replacement etc.
*Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
Managing Your Pain and Staying Active
Typically over the counter (OTC) pain relief remedies such as Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Aleve etc. are utilized and for more severe pain prescription pain relievers. Pain relief ointments are also commonly utilized for joint related pain. Unfortunately, OTC and prescription pain relief products, although effective when utilized for very short periods of time, have significant adverse side effects e.g. bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract, ulcers, kidney and liver disease, addiction, overdose and unintended death. There are however, safe effective alternatives e.g. non-narcotic pain relief remedies such as LEVARE® non-narcotic pain relief. LEVARE, developed by medical experts, is a revolutionary, patented, clinically tested, safe and effective non-narcotic pain relief alternative to typical OTC and prescription pain remedies.