Are you someone that deals with chronic or occasional stiffness or discomfort? If you have arthritis, it may be difficult for you to exercise, work, socialize, and enjoy life overall.
Taking medicine may help your symptoms but not their cause. Reducing your arthritis pain with pain relievers so that you can continue with your normal daily activities can actually increase wear and tear on your arthritic knee joints.1
It’s easy to understand how extra weight can put more stress on weight-bearing joints such as the hips, knees, and ankles. A large belly can also affect posture, pulling the body out of alignment and stressing the back, shoulders, and neck.
What’s more, joint pain can make exercise difficult. Since regular physical activity is a Habit of Health, you need to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make exercise safe and comfortable.
Many of us have experienced it, and science backs up the fact: Losing weight can ease the pain of arthritis. Researchers in Denmark showed that overweight patients with arthritis in their knees experienced a “highly significant increase in function” by losing weight—specifically, body fat. Just a 10% decrease in body weight helped to improve symptoms of knee osteoarthritis by 28%.2
With healthy weight loss, the Habits of Health, and your Health Coach’s guidance, you may find you can move more easily and comfortably in creating your life of Optimal Health™.
1Christensen R, Astrup A, Bliddal H. Weight loss: the treatment of choice for knee osteoarthritis? A randomized trial. OsteoArthritis and Cartilage (2005) 13:20-27.