Exercising with Gout

By Ken Kihiu

When you are living with gout, a lack of exercise can cause a vicious cycle that worsens and intensifies the painful effects of the disease. Gout makes your joints hurt and that makes you less likely to get up and get moving. This inactivity in turn makes you less flexible, weakens your muscles and joints, and can result in bone loss. These changes amplify the painful symptoms of gout.

 

Exercise can absolutely help you keep your gout in check and promote faster healing. The right exercises can reduce pain and increase your energy as well as keep you in shape by maintaining a healthy body weight and building healthy bones, joints, and muscles.

 

The right kind of regular exercise can help reverse the effects of gout. It will also build more muscle, increase bone density and boost your overall level of fitness. With regular exercise, you will feel stronger and have more energy. Also, it is important to remember that the most effective 1-2 punch is a healthy diet combined with an exercise plan to help lower uric acid levels.

 

The exercises described below will help reduce the painful symptoms and recurrence of gout. It’s essential that you perform the exercises with good form and smooth motion. For strength training, I recommend using elastic bands which are easier on your joints. The very last thing you want to do is injure or cause inflammation of your joints with bad form or exercising incorrectly.

 

Note: Always remember to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

 

LOW-IMPACT CARDIO/AEROBIC EXERCISES

Cardiovascular exercise will help improve lung function and increase your body’s ability to use oxygen to metabolize acid in the body. In addition, most aerobic exercises will strengthen the lower body muscles.

 

How To Do: Choose low impact aerobic exercises such as fitness walking, stair climbing or dance exercise. Start with 10 minutes every day and add a few minutes each day. Your goal is 30 to 45 minutes a day 5 days a week.

Swimming

There is a reason they call swimming the fountain of youth. Swimming and water aerobics is a fantastic way to increase mobility and functioning of the joints without the full impact of gravity.  When you’re moving in water, there is less stress on your joints.

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