Does a lot of exercise affect your joints?

Regular exercise has huge benefits for your health. Exercise helps you achieve a healthy heart, brain and metabolism and reduces risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death. Exercise has been proven to have very significant advantage on general health benefits for everyone, weather they have got existing joint troubles or not.

Despite all these benefits, there is a rising belief that exercise causes arthritis. But the fact is an obese body causes much more strain on your joints than exercise. Even though obesity is not a huge determining factor for arthritis, physically active overweight people are just as prone to arthritis as the fit ones.

Studies have also shown that most active people had the same risk of arthritis as the non-active ones, both in terms of symptoms and x-ray abnormalities.

Arthritis happens when the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to wear and tear. The cartilage does not have its own blood supply, it has to depend on joint fluids for its nutrients. Exercise compresses joints, forcing more nutrient rich joint fluid into cartilage, thus making exercise good for joints.

A few things should be kept in mind when you develop exercise as a habit like warming up and cooling down with good stretching to protect your heart and joints. Good shoes and good technique will also avoid and musculoskeletal injuries. Simple precautions and general sense will make exercise safe for your joints.

Exercise will benefit your joints and your health. Being active and exercising will help your joint get flexible and keep excess weight off your body, which will help prevent adding excess stress to your joints.

Exercise can sometimes have side effects, as there is a correlation between simple repetitive use of joint and developing arthritis, but if your joints do not hurt by the exercise you are doing, it is unlikely you are doing them any harm. Exercise does not always cause harm to joints and moreover it has more to gain and less to lose.

If you want to avoid any problems while exercising; or later in life, make sure your general health is good. Older people and patients with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes or other significant problems should get a medical clearance. You should focus on listening to your body when you exercise and be sure to report any signs of discord to your doctor. More information and more tips on preventing knee injuries. Consult Dr. Chirag Patel of Kiran Hospital Surat for all knee injury treatments.

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