5 tips for osteoarthritis patients to go to the gym

5 tips for osteoarthritis patients to go to the gym
5 tips for osteoarthritis patients to go to the gym
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Practicing physical exercise can contribute to improving osteoarthritis symptoms | Photo: (Kostiantyn Voitenko | Shutterstock)

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that impacts the body’s joints, leading to wear and tear of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. As a result, there may be pain, swelling, stiffness and even limited movement of the affected joints.

Although it is more common in older ages, it can also affect younger people due to joint injuries, obesity, or other medical conditions. According to the World Health Organization, osteoarthritis affects approximately 80% of the global population. In Brazil, data from the Ministry of Health indicate that there are around 15 million people with this condition.

It is common for many to believe that intense physical activity, such as those practiced at the gym, can worsen symptoms. However, Dr. David Gusmão, orthopedist and hip specialist, warns that when done correctly, exercises can be powerful allies in combating arthrosis.

Importance of physical activity

According to the doctor, muscle strengthening, resistance and functionality exercises are not only allowed, but recommended for those living with this condition. “Regular exercise can help reduce pain, improve joint function and slow the progression of osteoarthritis,” he says.

The secret is in planning and adapting your training. “Those who want to start an exercise routine in academy They must do so with the guidance of qualified professionals, such as orthopedists and physiotherapists. It is essential to individualize training according to each person’s type and degree of osteoarthritis”, highlights Dr. David Gusmão.

Tips for osteoarthritis patients

Below, Dr. David Gusmão lists 5 tips for those who have osteoarthritis and want to go to the gym. Check out!

1. Seek guidance from healthcare professionals

Consulting a specialist before starting any exercise program is important to ensure the workout is safe for your specific condition.

The severity of osteoarthritis must be taken into account before starting physical exercise (image: NDAB Creativity | Shutterstock)

2. Take into account the severity of osteoarthritis

If the osteoarthritis is more severe, choose low impact exercisessuch as swimming, cycling and walking, which put less pressure on your joints.

3. Opt for muscle strengthening exercises

Focus on muscle strengthening exercises to protect joints affected by osteoarthritis.

4. Warm up before starting your workout

Warm up properly before training and stretch after physical activity to reduce the risk of injury.

5. Pay attention to pain

Do not hesitate to report any discomfort or pain during exercises to the professionals responsible for monitoring.

Benefits of going to the gym

For those who suffer from osteoarthritis, the idea of ​​joining a gym can seem daunting. However, with the right guidance and a personalized approach, it can become a powerful ally in managing the condition and improving health. quality of life.

By Tayanne Silva

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