Sedentary Behavior and Joint Pain
Leading a sedentary lifestyle means that you spend most of your time sitting
or lying down rather than getting regular physical activity. While relaxing
on the couch, watching television may be a great way to unwind, spending
too much time sitting or lying down can be harmful to your joint health
and even exacerbate preexisting joint problems.
Inactivity and Arthritis
Arthritis is not actually a single disease—it is an umbrella term that refers
to joint pain and/or joint disease with more than 100 types and related
conditions. However, inactivity and leading a sedentary lifestyle are
commonly associated with degenerative arthritis.
According to the
Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Over time, the smooth
cushioning between your bones, known as
cartilage, wears away — when bone is rubbing against bone, it can cause pain,
swelling, and stiffness.
Leading a healthier lifestyle and introducing these habits can help to
prevent or slow down the progression of osteoarthritis.
Get Regular Physical Activity
Getting regular exercise is an excellent way to prevent future joint issues
and treat preexisting arthritis. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous
intensity physical activity each week.
Warm-Up Before and Cool-Down After Exercise
Experiencing a joint injury increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Taking the time to warm-up and stretch before you begin exercising helps
to warm up your body, increasing flexibility and range-of-motion in your
joints, effectively preventing injury.
In contrast, cooling down after physical activity helps to gradually reduce
your heart rate and allows muscles to relax. Taking a walk and slowly
stretching after activity can also help to reduce the risk of injury.
Joint & Spine Care in Jackson, Wilson, and Teton County
St. John’s Health Joint & Spine is a place, a program, and a
team of exceptional orthopedic surgeons and clinicians who are experts
in spine and joint health. Talk to one of
the providers at the
Joint & Spine Center to learn more about treatment options.