One of the most often topics I stress to people suffering from generic “joint pain” or diagnosed osteoarthritis is the importance of exercise. In fact I just recently wrote a blog discussing how the cartilage is avascular and the need for exercise to increase its health resulting in increased nutrient absorption and the secretion of waste.
So I thought I would add this link from an article written by the Arthritis Foundation that additionally “beats the drum” on how important physical activity is for the body to stay healthy.
Research lists some of these benefits:
- Less Pain and stiffness
- Increased joint strength and range of motion
- Improved function and ability to do activities
- Potential delay in disease progression
Physical activity also plays an important role in reducing the risk of these common conditions:
- Obesity (a risk factor for OA)
- Heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Certain cancers (colon, breast)