How Much Exercise is Too Much on Your Body?

Exercise is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s through workout classes, going for a jog or taking up yoga with a friend, working out is essential for staying in shape.

There is such a thing as exercising too much, which in turn can be bad for your body. Too much exercise can increase the risk of injury, burnout, exhaustion and depression. We’re here to discuss just how much exercise is too much, and well as provide some background on the symptoms of over exercising and how to prevent it.

What causes people to over exercise?

Over-training can result in lower endurance and decreased bone density, which can happen to marathon runners and body builders, or any adults who participate in high-performance sports. Those training for a specific event like ultra-marathons, can certainly experience over-exercising. A few other reasons people may exercise too much are stress, to compensate for issues like depression, or starting a new, rigorous exercise program too quickly.

Symptoms of over-exercising

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Joint or muscle pain

If you experience moderate-to-severe joint pain during exercise, you should stop immediately. If you’re not doing a joint-taxing workout when you feel joint pain, then you could have inflammation in the joint or joint damage. In that case, you may need treatment. Remember that if you have mild-to-moderate pain before working out, that is often typical when you begin any kind of exercise movement. Start with gentle range of motion movements as you get started to improve circulation around that joint.

How to prevent over-exercising

It’s a good idea to alternate the type of workouts that you are performing, in order to avoid pushing the body past its usual limit. This will help the body to recover between workouts. Take it slow when you begin a new exercise program, and gradually build up to more intense workouts over time.

Lastly, make sure that exercising is something that is a healthy form of motivation for you. Don’t let it define who you are as a person or your self-esteem.

This article was adapted from Virtua. Read the full article here.

If you have any questions about juvenile arthritis or arthritis in general, please contact Campbell Clinic to meet with a physician. For more information about Campbell Clinic, please visit our website.

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

It is a common misconception that only older people are affected by arthritis. However, nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to discuss these conditions that can develop in children and teens. This month is about changing the stigma surrounding arthritis, and spreading awareness about the younger generations who have also been diagnosed with it.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, “juvenile arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children and teens.”

Symptoms of juvenile arthritis

  • Joint swelling
  • Pain
  • Redness and warmth near joints

Causes

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is the most common form of childhood arthritis. It is uncertain exactly what causes it. Research has suggested that a person’s genes could make them more likely to develop it.

Treatment

While there is no cure for JIA, remission is possible if there’s an early diagnosis and aggressive treatment. Treatment is provided to relieve inflammation, control pain and improve the child’s quality of life.

  • The goal of treatment is to fight the condition as quickly as possible to prevent further joint damage and stop the disease from worsening.
  • Though surgery is rarely used to treat this condition, it can help to correct leg length discrepancy, or replace a damaged joint.

Self-care

It’s important to know how to help your child if they have been diagnosed with JIA, as well as helping them to learn how to cope with it.

  • If your child is experiencing morning stiffness, have them take a hot bath or shower to relieve it. The longer the stiffness lasts, the more active the condition. Using a hot or cold pack can help to alleviate stiffness as well.
  • Physical activity is always a good plan, but especially for children with JIA as activities like swimming and biking are great for muscles and joints. These low-impact activities don’t require putting weight-bearing stress on joints.
  • It’s essential to ensure your child maintains a nutritious diet. This includes a diet low in processed foods. Try making more meals with veggies, fish and beans to help ease inflammation.

This information has been adapted from the Arthritis Foundation.

If you have any questions about juvenile arthritis or arthritis in general, please contact Campbell Clinic to meet with a physician. For more information about Campbell Clinic, please visit our website.