Anybody out there have bad knees? I read something today that I think you’ll find useful. I get the Denise Austin Morning Stretch enewsletter, (just started) and I like it. I know that she looks like the blonde, cute, cheerleader type so some people don’t take her seriously, but I think she’s quite good–I like her stuff. So here’s what she has to say about avoiding osteoarthritis and joint pain.
Here’s another benefit to eating right and exercising regularly — you’re cutting your risk of arthritis! Experts found that extra weight can lead to osteoarthritis by wearing away the cartilage that cushions your joints, causing the ends of your bones to rub against each other. The damage occurs gradually, often becoming noticeable between the ages of 40 and 60.
If you’re not yet affected, losing extra pounds while maintaining good nutrition and starting a regular exercise program can protect you by dropping your risk of osteoarthritis from 60 percent down to as low as 12 percent!
Even if you’re already experiencing painful joints, it’s not too late! You’ll still benefit (and avoid further damage) by shaping up! Choose exercises that are easy on the joints, such as water aerobics, a spin on an exercise bike, or time on an elliptical trainer. After all, you don’t want to be sidelined during the prime of your life by joint pain — you want to be kicking up your heels instead!
You’ve heard me say before that delay is increasingly expensive. Get fit and drop the weight before you have joint pain–don’t delay. And I’ll have you know, I’m taking my own advice. I’ve lost 5 pounds and am feeling quite smug (and disciplined). I guess this is the after-effect of writing about discipline for 30 days.Print This Post |