We are always told that exercise is good for us and that is certainly true. However, we should also be aware of the fact that overdoing it is also not a good thing. You must remember that the body has certain limitations placed upon it and doing too much will only lead to you picking up injuries, so keeping that in mind here are some popular exercises that destroy your joints.
1. Running on the hard ground:
Running is good for you, but doing too much without building up your muscles and also using the wrong running shoes will lead to excessive pressure being put on your joints. At first, this will not be a problem, but over time it will lead you to wear the joints down and can increase the chances of you developing arthritis later on in life. Making sure you have the correct insoles and building up the distance, coupled with enough breaks, will help to reduce the possibility of this happening.
2. Lifting weights:
People love to lift weights whenever they go to the gym, but the problem is that people can be guilty of pushing themselves too far in the hope that it will lead to them developing those muscles in a shorter period of time. However, this type of exercise puts pressure on pretty much all of your joints in one way or the other, and by pushing your body too far too quickly this stress and pressure can get too much. Be sensible and take your time as you will still get there with those muscles, but will protect your joints in the process.
Yes, cycling can result in your joints being destroyed, but once again it comes down to the amount of exercise that you do and how much you push yourself. Remember that when you are starting out you need to take things slowly and do not go for those long-distance rides until your body is prepared for it. The joints that are most at risk are the knees and the hips, so make sure that you warm up the muscles first to reduce the chances of injury.
It is perhaps no surprise that a number of professional soccer players end up with joint issues later on in life. They may be running around on the grass, but it is the stopping and turning on a regular basis that can play havoc with those joints. You have to remember that the body is not exactly designed for this kind of exercise, so when it is done year after year it is no surprise that the body starts to feel the pressure.
Squash is fantastic for a cardio workout and building that stamina, but you are playing on a hard court and putting a lot of pressure on those joints by the way you have to quickly stop and change direction with absolutely no give whatsoever on the floor. It is very easy for you to injure something especially when the floor is getting wet because of sweat, so if you play on a regular basis, then there is every chance that you could destroy your joints. If you are a regular player, then watch out for developing those joint issues later on in life.
How often have you heard of basketball players picking up knee injuries? That is because of the twisting, turning, and sudden stopping and that is why there is a tendency for them to pick up all kinds of joint injuries with them often being destroyed through simple overuse. Clearly, accidents can and do happen, but the main thing is that they will tend to suffer from general wear and tear through repeated strain on the joints. Even the correct shoes can actually do nothing to stop this from becoming a major issue.
With baseball, the main issue is going to be with elbow joints and shoulder joints, which is understandable when you consider the actions of the game. We are not just talking about pitchers where there is a problem, so do not fall into that way of thinking as it is simply not true. Just check out old baseball players and see the state that they are in with their bodies. As with other sports, arthritis is a major concern and you would be surprised at how many people end up in a lot of pain later on in life thanks to joint injuries.
Tennis is an amazing sport, but even the top players end up with various injuries to all parts of their bodies. Shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, wrists, ankles, you name it and they have probably injured it. Again, it is because of the power that is being put through their body on a repeated basis and that is something that will also affect you on a personal basis as well. Tennis might be fun, but it is not so much fun for your joints. It is no surprise to find out that some players have to stop purely because of problems with their joints.
The problem with aerobics is that people will often not warm up correctly and they take part in hard surfaces leading to all kinds of pressure being put on their body. Now, people are aware that this is a fantastic way to improve general fitness, but it is essential that you both warm-up as well as warm down correctly to avoid running into problems. Watch out for your lower joints as those are the ones that will have the most pressure put on them if you take part in aerobics on a regular basis.
As you can see, the list is pretty scary, but you should not allow this to put you off doing the exercises in the first place. However, just be careful that you warm up correctly and do not do too much at first to limit the possibility of you injuring yourself which would then bring to an end your ability to work out and get fit.