By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
Have you been using the excuse of not working out because of your arthritis pain and the thought that it may worsen it or are you are just simply unsure on how to proceed with your weight loss plan without adding unwanted pain to the process? Well if done properly you should not experience pains after a routine has been adhered to. Our joints need oxygen and a good and steady blood flow to properly function and the lack thereof results in general stiffness in the joints, muscles, neck etc along with other bad side effects of lack of exercise.
I’m not saying that you have to go out and start bench pressing weights but you could start with some simple and gentle exercises to loosen you up. Yoga is wonderful as the slow and gentle movements get your heart rate up to a nice calorie burning level without all the huffing and puffing, there is a lot to be said for this yoga and its good effect of our joints and overall well-being. Basically any natural way to increase your heart rate is good and best to use those power drinks as a last alternative as they force your heart to work at a higher rate whether it likes it or not and during the course of time the heart will fight back and painfully.
You can also focus your exercises around routines that build the muscle around your arthritis but won’t damage the joints themselves. Stretching is also good and taking on low impact exercises like swimming, walking, cycling will not only help your arthritis pains but also aid you in losing unwanted pounds. Remember to stay away from high impact routines like jogging, high impact aerobics, heavy weight lifting and most importantly stay away from inactivity as this will ultimately result in muscle atrophy which is a particle leading to a complete wasting away of muscles.
With the proper care and attention you should have no problems staying on course with your exercise routine and best no unwanted pains.