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Overweight and Knee Pain

The knees plays an important role in everyone as they are at the core of the mechanism that enable us to bend our legs. Because of this action, we are able to walk and run. Unfortunately the knee can get damaged and when this happens to someone, there is the probability this person will not be able to walk easily, on the most difficult situations will even prevent to walk.

Obesity affects the kneeThere are a lot of reasons why a knee can be damaged but one of the most frequent is overweight. Some people might say that there is no relationship between being overweight and problems on the knee, but the fact is that the knee will not be strong enough to handle the extra weight in our body. As being part of our legs, the knees supports our body weight, and this is why it is important to stay in healthy weight.

Overweight people should try to lose weight in order to prevent knee problems, but it is important to be careful on this process as there are some physical activities or even food that can weaken or harm our knees. To know what can or cannot harm our knees is very important while trying to stay in shape.

500x_biggestloserExercise: There are a lot of exercises that a person can choose from, however, there are some exercises that can cause damage to the knee. For example heavy weight lifting adds extra weight that can pressure your knee badly or high impact exercise such as running may not be suitable for overweight people. If you want to do an exercise that is knee friendly, some example: low impact cardio exercises, yoga, and stretching exercises.

Calcium rich foodDiet: In order to lose weight you must control what you eat. Avoid fast food, extra fat food and sugars. You should be aware that some diets can restrict you from consuming calcium by removing foods rich in calcium. However calcium is a mineral that helps strengthen the bones and it is important for you to consume it as strong bones means, strong knees. You should seek help from a nutritionist to find the right diet for you. While doing so, try to look for alternatives of calcium-rich foods, such as milk, soybeans, kale, sardines, broccoli and cheese.