Is Your Weight Destroying Your Knees?
We all know from magazine articles, newspapers, and health shows that being overweight really does a number on our bodies. You’ve seen the warnings on posters at your doctor’s office and maybe you were even warned that you need to lose some weight.
We’d all be wise to pay close attention to the warnings. While we might not feel the effects now, it will eventually catch up to us. Even if you’re only mildly overweight, you can be causing damage to your body today.
Mildly overweight means that you have a body mass index (or BMI) of 2.5 to 29.9. Once you hit 35 on the BMI that’s considered obesity. Losing weight might be one of those things you’ve always intended to get around to doing - but as the days (and then the months) slip by, you put it off.
After awhile, you start noticing that you’re aching in new places on your body - especially the knees. You step on the scale and are surprised to see that you’ve put on more weight than you thought.
Is there a relation between the weight gain and pain in the knee joints? Your knee is designed to handle a lot of use and impact. However, some bad habits you have might just be laying the foundation for recurring pain and even loss of use of your knees.
The formula to figure out how much pressure is exerted on your knees is the 3 for 1 formula. For every added pound you add to your body, you multiply the pounds of pressure your knees feel by three.
If you’re ten pounds over your healthy weight, it might not seem like a big deal now, but it’s like you’ve attached thirty pounds of weight to each of your knee joints. The more weight, the greater the pressure and eventually, they will give way if you don’t take action.
Health problems like osteoarthritis can become one of the side effects of carrying too much weight. So can cartilage problems. It’s easier when you’re overweight for it to be more difficult for your knees to heal in the event of an injury, too.
By exercising on a regular basis, you keep the joints supple and strengthen the muscles supporting your knee joints. Remember to keep the exercise low impact to get the maximum results without causing injury to your knee. Engage in activities like swimming, walking, or going for regular bicycle rides.
Remember that if you’re having pain in your knees whenever you go about your day-to-day activities, you shouldn’t just ignore it. That pain is your body’s alert system telling you that something is wrong.
Warren Tattersall has been a full time nutritional consultant for over a decade and works with people all over the world to help them improve their health, increase their personal energy levels and to use supplements to assist with diet related health issues.
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