(CARLSBAD, CA) – If you’ve ever completed a vigorous workout, then you’ve probably experienced some muscle aches and pains. There’s nothing unusual about that. But, what about those aching joints? That swelling and stiffness that just doesn’t go away when you get out of bed in the morning? Should you halt your workouts because the aches and pains in your joints keep you from feeling up to par?
The simple answer is, “no!” Keeping up your fitness regimen is an important component in warding-off those pesky aches and pains. Exercise, along with other key factors, can actually help you live pain free. Check-out these tips from Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett for minimizing joint pain while you stay active.
1. Warm-Up – Before engaging in your workout regimen or sports activity, take about five minutes for light stretching and warm-up. Failing to stretch before your workout can exacerbate inflammatory problems, such as tendonitis or bursitis.
2. Pump some iron – Weight-bearing exercises not only build muscle, but also help to strengthen your joints. Creating stronger muscles means that your joints are better stabilized, and are less likely to ache in the long run.
3. Slim down – Extra pounds create quite a bit of stress on your joints. Swedish researchers recently reported that women with a body mass index higher than 24 were more likely to undergo knee or hip replacements. That’s because extra weight increases your risk for osteoarthritis, particularly in the joints that bear the brunt of your weight.
4. Butt Out – Smoking wreaks havoc on your joints by lowering the amount of oxygen in your blood and hindering bone growth. Quit your cigarette habit, and you may just find that you have fewer swollen joints.
5. Pay Attention – Don’t ignore prolonged swelling or stiffness in your joints. It may be a sign that you have an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia. Talk to your doctor right away because early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent permanent damage to your joints.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.