Dropping Weight Alleviates Joint Pain

June 11, 2013

Let me break it down: it’s estimated that a force of nearly three to six times one’s body weight is exerted across the knee while walking.

Being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step.And its not just the knees that bear the this increase in stress, but the hips, ankles, back, and basically every joint.

Many clients come to a Pilates studio or a gym in order to lose weight. Whether they decide to walk, run, or swim their way to a more appropriate weight, it’s a good idea for them to incorporate Pilates into their weekly routine. Pilates can’t magically make any joint damage disappear, but it can teach them how to provide proper support for the joint from the surrounding muscle. Most people have never been taught how to strengthen these deep, small, intrinsic muscles around the joints. One of the challenges is that these muscles are harder to feel working in exercise so supervision from a good Pilates trainer is key. Pilates can help improve joint function by controlling and strengthening the very small movements around the joint, reducing wear and tear, and supporting the joint. This strength will be essential to long-term success because it protects them from injuries that will halt their progress.

So for happy and healthy joints, help your clients get rid of the extra pounds.
And recommend that they do Pilates to support and protect them during the process.

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    Tong Wang
    February 18, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Wow!I’m really interesting in how to loose weight through Pilates exercise. I know it’s a long process exercise. but I’m wondering how many weight can loose per week if it is possible? what’s kind of exercise? just for whole body or it can direct at specific part of body?

    • Holly Furgason
      Holly Furgason
      February 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Wow lot’s of great questions here! Here’s a simple answer to each point:

      As you build muscle mass your metabolism increases. A higher metabolism means you can burn more calories even at rest. Pilates will never replace cardiovascular exercise but it can help build muscle- especially those deeper, smaller muscles.

      You do burn calories in Pilates class. For example, if you weight 140lbs and do 1-hour of Pilates you will burn around 230 calories. As your fitness level increase, the amount of calories burn will increase. Check out this cool Pilates calorie calculator.

      Unfortunately, you can not target fat loss in the body. So if you want to lose fat around the belly, doing a lot of ab work will not reduce the fat around the belly. However, having a stronger abdomen may make your waist look smaller because the muscles are pulling inward like a corset.

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