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.