How to Keep Fit

Yo! My name is Pam and this is my exercise blog. On this blog, I will be writing about a number of different fitness topics. The majority of serious illnesses and diseases are a result of poor diet and a lack of exercise. Just doing a few minutes of exercise each day can make a real difference to your health and the quality of your life. I learnt this when I was 41, overweight and slightly depressed. My husband made me exercise with him at the gym and I hated it. However, after a week or so, I began to feel much better. I hope this blog helps you to get fit.

4 Reasons to Exercise for Weight Loss if You Have Arthritis


Carrying extra pounds can increase your chances of developing arthritis. Once you start noticing the signs, motivating yourself to start exercising to lose the weight can be even harder. However, there are several reasons people with arthritis should keep their weight to a healthy level, and here are just four.

1. Manage Pain and Discomfort

You might think that exercising will put your body through too much pain and discomfort, but you'll actually be protecting yourself from worse pain in the future. You see, carrying too many pounds means you're placing more pressure on your joints. If you're 10 lbs. overweight, your knee joint is going to take up to 10 lbs. more than is healthy whenever you take a step. This increases the rate of deterioration and increases the amount of pain you experience. By reducing the weight your joints need to bear, you make your life a lot more pleasant.

2. Reduce Inflammation

One thing people don't tend to understand is that fat is chemically active. Fat cells release proteins called cytokines. In excess, cytokines cause low-grade inflammation across your entire body – this is one reason why obesity is linked with arthritis. The more pounds your body is carrying, the more cytokines are circulating through your body, and this will aggravate the inflammation that you're already feeling. Losing weight cuts down on the production of those proteins, improving your quality of life.

3. Increase Circulation

If you're overweight, sitting, standing or lying for prolonged periods can lead to circulatory problems, and being overweight in general puts you at risk of several other causes of poor circulation. This is a real issue for people suffering from arthritis since healthy blood circulation is required to ensure a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients to your joints. Losing weight increases blood flow, and losing weight through exercise instead of just better eating gets your heart pumping to improve circulation even further.

4. Make Drugs More Effective

Though biologists do not yet understand why, it seems that people who are overweight or obese do not generally respond as well to several drugs used to treat arthritis compared to people who are at a healthy weight. This could be because those inflammatory proteins mentioned above sustain the inflammatory process that drugs are attempting to counteract. In any case, it only makes sense to lose weight and enjoy the best results from arthritis treatment.


16 September 2018