Does Exercise Damage the joints?

According to the experts, doing regular muscle-strengthening exercises will help reduce your risk of having an injury, even if you only play sport for fun.  Everybody knows that exercise is critical for good health and vitality.  Exercise is widely promoted in as being beneficial for weight control, disease management in cardiovascular disease anddiabetes, and for improving psychological well-being amongst an array of other benefits.
As we all know that exercise is crucial to preventing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases and it also helps you feel and look your best. To stabilize your knee joint and increase your range of motion, maintain and build the strength and flexibility of your quadriceps, hamstrings, calf muscles and hip flexors. Strengthening and stretching exercises will help to keep your knee strong and supple to reduce the risk of injury.
Unfortunately, many forms of exercise can hurt your body  if you have any injuries or other conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis or other medical problems. You should get permission from your doctor before you start high impact exercise such as running, Plyometrics, jumping jacks, Leaping, Jumping rope or skipping etc.
Both high and low impact exercise is beneficial to your health.  However, high impact exercise has a positive effect on bone health. In addition, high impact exercise also improves agility, endurance, coordination and balance.
High impact exercise can put you at risk for other injuries like these:
  • Female incontinence
  • Disk degeneration
  • Frequent  minor injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Strained blood vessels in your ankles and feet
However these risks are not a reason to avoid exercise. Most experts agree that movement is a must, so what are the alternatives?
There are some forms of exercise that are easier on your body than others. Low impact exercises, that don’t involve jumping and landing on hard surfaces, are ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels. You get the benefits of exercise without the strain on your body. Exercises as cycling, walk faster, hiking,dancing wildly, find a more intense level of yoga, swimming.
These exercise are wonderful ways to increase your heart rate, get your blood pumping to improve circulation, and cleanse toxins out of your system. Low impact exercises can get your heart going without jarring your joints. From swimming to rebounding, cycling to yoga, there is a low impact exercise to fit your lifestyle and unique personal preference. Exercise should make you feel calm, centered and alive but it should also be fun!
The knee is the joint most commonly affected by the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis is also called wear-and-tear arthritis, old person’s arthritis, or degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition whereby joint linings degenerate, leading to symptoms such as stiffness, loss of mobility, and pain. Weight bearing joints are the most frequently affected, with over 10 million Americans said to have knee osteoarthritis, a condition which is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Regular exercise is very important for successful control of osteoarthritis. Strengthening and stretching exercises can help by relieving pain and improving joint movement; building up the muscles around the joint, making the joint more stable and resisting further damage.