Getting involved in physical activity is an absolutely wonderful thing and highly encouraged because it’s your first step of acquiring that healthy lifestyle that you constantly hear about. I mean, nothing is better than being healthy, right? We hear time and time again, that exercising helps with improving one’s overall health. We are constantly bombarded with different diets, advertisements to join gyms and anything that’s related to developing a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately though, it seems that joint pain and the discomforts that may come from increasing one’s physical activities, isn’t mentioned. I am positive, that you’ve never associated a healthy lifestyle with joint pain or any type of pain, but in fact, something that is regarded as an improvement on one’s life. Unfortunately though, weight lifting and strength training, along with participating in cardio workouts, can actually cause joint discomfort.
Joint pain is a very uncomfortable experience to have, whether it is caused from exercising or other activities. It is something that can prevent us from carrying out our regular daily activities and even slow down our progress in the gym. Now, no one wants their life to be disrupted or their gym time either, but joint discomfort can do just that. I am going to talk about the ways to prevent further joint problems and treating it. But I want to make sure that you are aware of the fact that, if you engage in intense exercises, you WILL experience some form of joint pain but treating this problem is the best option that you have to continue on with your healthy lifestyle.
First of all, what exactly causes joint pain? Constant strain placed on your joints, can cause damage, inflammation and sometimes even misalignment. A runner legs constantly impacting on a hard flooring, over an extensive period of time, will lead to knee pain. Lifting heavy at the gym, which would lead to hypertrophy (building of the muscles), will lead to joint pain. This consistent progression of strenuous activities, WILL lead to joint pain. Imagine heavy weight lifting, as having to carry around a lot of body fat if you were over weight. The constant weight that one has to carry around with them when they are highly over weight that leads to joint problem, is the same concept that provides athletes with joint pains from working out.
Now as we know what caused the joint pain, we can figure out how to treat it in the long run. Because most joint pain is associated with exercise, and are from inflammation of the joints, simply using an ice pack to reduce the blood flow which in turn will reduce the inflammation, will help significantly reduce the joint pain. Resting and recuperation is also a good idea, when it comes to exercising. You will want to wrap the ice bag you’ve made or pack with a towel to proven ice burn on your skin, also keep the ice pack/bag on the painful area for about 15-20 minutes and do it at least twice a day. Do this over a period of 4-5 days and the pain should be decreased significantly. I am sure you have seen athletes using ice packs constantly and the reduction in inflammation is the exact reason it is used. Most people may recommend the use of anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen but this just masks the problem and not treat it. We’d rather treat the problem, so we can continue working out in the future, now wouldn’t we?
Other ways to keep healthy joints, is utilizing a joint supplement and including it in your supplement stack. I know it’s hard sometimes to purchase these supplements and have a steady flow of it, so for those who face these kind of issues, you can easily change your diet to help with joint problems. A good example, is eating celery which helps with reducing inflammation and swelling of the joints. Other anti-inflammatory foods include; berries, fish, ginger, certain nuts and seeds (e.g almonds or walnuts), yogurt, papaya, along with oils like flaxseed oil and olive oil.
Hopefully with the above information, you can relieve your joint pain and continue on your path to a healthier lifestyle. Despite the fact that exercising can cause this discomfort, joint pain that’s caused from exercising isn’t a medical emergency and can be easily treated with the above regimen. As aforementioned, please don’t run to consuming drugs or pills to relieve the pain, instead treat the underlying cause of the problem which will benefit you even more in the long run.Read More »