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Why Gout Relief Through Exercise Is So Important | Cure Gout Now

Why Gout Relief Through Exercise Is So Important


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Gout relief doesn’t just come from medications and herbal remedies, but also through taking appropriate actions, such as exercises, to minimize gout symptoms and prevent the condition from flaring up again.  When a gout attack is brought under control, exercising is an important part of strengthening the joint as well as reducing weight or maintaining the right weight level.  Both of these issues are very important to gout relief as a strong joint will be less likely to suffer from a gout attack, and people who are in their healthy weight range are much less likely to suffer from the condition.

There are three primary forms of exercises that can be practiced in order to achieve gout relief and prevent its recurrence.  These are:

• Strengthening exercises that help to increase or maintain muscles that support the joint.

• Range-of-motion exercises that help to keep joints well lubricated and moving, reducing stiffness. 

• Endurance exercises, which assist in controlling your weight, provide you with energy, and strengthen your heart.

Of course, your ability to perform these exercises depends on your current physical condition.  Before you begin any new exercise regimen, especially one designated for gout relief, you should speak to your doctor.  He or she may be able to suggest specific exercises that will improve your chances of success, with the area of your gout attack kept in mind. 

Even moderate stretching exercises are able to strengthen and build flexibility in the muscles and tendons surrounding the affected joint. You may also benefit from low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, water aerobics, or bicycling on a stationary bike.  These are all great for building strength, flexibility, and endurance, without putting a large amount of stress on your joints. 

The worst thing that you can do for your gout is to lead an inactive or sedentary lifestyle.  The portion of the population least likely to develop gout or arthritis includes those people who regularly exercise.

A 2008 study by Jennifer Hootman Ph.D.  published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showed that only 30 percent of adults with gouty arthritis met the required minimum activity level set by federal guidelines.  One of the main reasons that these gout sufferers refrained from activity was the misconception that their joints would be further harmed by exercise.  They also feared the pain that can be involved when first getting started with an activity when suffering from gout. 

Indeed, when gout is at its worst, it is often impossible to exercise, but it is the rest of the time that gout sufferers should remain active in order to reach gout relief.  When the gout pain subsides enough for exercise to begin, sufferers should start slowly and make sure that the affected joint is always well relaxed and rested.  Any inflammation can be treated with cool and warm compresses or with anti-inflammatory drugs. 

You should also make sure that you’re making other efforts for gout relief, such as cutting foods out of your diet that may be helping gout to return more frequently.  Look into your favorite beverages to ensure that you’re not making your gout worse just by sipping a drink on the couch.


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5 Responses

  1. BEV
    August 8th, 2008 | 6:31 am

    GOUT IS VERY PAINFUL IT FEELS LIKE YOU HAVE BROKEN EVERY BONE IN YOUR FOOT AND I DIDN’T KNOW THAT YOU COULD GET IT IN YOUR KNEE BUT MY HUSBAND DID IN HIS RIGHT KNEE AND HE COULD HARDLY WALK HE SAYS THAT IT HURTS MORE THEN WHEN HE GOT IT IN HIS FOOT!!!!!

  2. Dan Bode
    August 8th, 2008 | 6:45 am

    I was diagnosed with gout over a year and a half ago. At the time, it didn’t seem like much of a big deal, as the attack was over in less than three days. Doctor gave me meds, I took em, and that was that.

    But for almost six weeks now, I have been suffering from a very serious attack, and no matter what I have tried, I cant get it to go away. I have done much research this time around, and that just leaves me with more questions. I have visited over thirty sites, and wouldnt you know it, they all have different answers. A food that one person says is great, another says that food is the worst thing you can do for it.

    And I have also heard that exercise is bad for it. LOL

    I have stopped taking all the meds that I have been perscribed, because I think the side effects on all of them are worse than the pain of gout.

    The exercise seems to me to be a very good idea, and I plan to try it. Maybe the only thing you can do to get rid of this stuff is to try different things and see which one works for you………..

  3. liza
    August 8th, 2008 | 7:25 am

    I think that this is a wonderfull site for people with gout, thank for all your help and advice.

  4. HUSSEIN
    August 8th, 2008 | 5:20 pm

    VERY GREAT SITE.

  5. derrick
    August 11th, 2008 | 7:50 am

    i had problems to know exactly wtha was wrong with my legs and as usual in our African set up, adults started suspecting black magic. fortunate enough, i didnt. I went to see a medical doctor who was not helpful at fisrt, buy i persisted because the pain was too much. I finally met one who asked me to do a uric acid test which i did and gave him the results. It was at this point that he told me the problem i had. I have been in hospital once over the same. i have done a lot of reading and yours is the best so far. Thank you so much and keep it up. derrick from Lusaka Zambia-Central Africa

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