CV and joint pain have a very complex relationship with each other which is not at all straight forward. CV is ‘cardiovascular’ training and this refers to any kind of training that continues for a persistent period of time and that causes you to burn fat as a result, and joint pain of course is joint pain.
Benefits of CV for Joint Pain
On the one hand, CV is actually very good for joint pain and is able to help us to relieve the pain in our knees and hips etc over time. There are many cases where patients who have various forms of arthritis have been able to lead relatively normal and healthy lives and retain most of their mobility because they have used exercise. This leads to a range of changes in the body and encourages the production of lubrication in the joints as well as preventing deposits that can inhibit healthy movement. CV can also help to strengthen the muscles around your joints and the connective tissue in order to encourage healthy and correct movement.
Furthermore it is of course important to use CV anyway as a way to maintain your general health and failure to do so might lead to your gaining weight, or suffering from heart conditions and related problems. What you don’t want to do is to avoid doing any CV and thus find yourself gaining weight and struggling and ultimately damaging your health further.
However the downside when it comes to joint pain is that it is actually more difficult of course for you to workout regularly when you suffer with joint pain. The simple fact of the matter is that if you are in constant pain from things like bending your knees – then this is going to make it a lot more difficult when you are running on a treadmill etc.
At the same time you can also find that CV can at least temporarily exasperate your conditions in some cases if you aren’t doing it correctly. For instance, running on a treadmill will of course cause impact on your joints each time your feet hit the rubber. This causes a jolt to travel up through your leg and can cause acute pain or degrade your cartilage over time.
The answer is to use CV to improve your condition, but to take precautions to ensure that you do so correctly and carefully. Here we will look at some tips to bear in mind.
First of all you should consider using forms of CV other than running that can help you to avoid damaging your joints. The best forms of CV are those that don’t include any impact. These will see your leg swinging or kicking rather than pounding against the floor and they include things like swimming (particularly gentle and great for strengthening your joints) and the elliptical machine. Riding a bike is also good as your feet are constantly in contact with the pedals rather than slamming down.
If you are going to run then make sure that you do so sensibly. Don’t push yourself too far, and take a slow pace. If you run outside then stick to softer surfaces such as grass or sand, and if you run indoors on a treadmill then make sure that there is some incline (around 1.5) which actually helps your knees.
At the same time you can also help in other ways – make sure you purchase very good shoes for instance that have shock absorbance. Make sure that you are careful to consider the precise biomechanics of your running so that the correct part of your foot is hitting the floor first and you are maintaining good posture, consider purchasing supports for your damaged joint. Always consult a doctor before beginning any new course of exercise.
Chuck Rappaport is fitness expert and usually blogs article on health related issues. Recent post by him explains different ways for minimally invasive hip replacement and minimally invasive knee replacement techniques which can be used to avoid complex surgeries.