Participation in sport is associated with a with a 20—40% reduction in all-cause mortality compared with non-participation. Exercise might also be considered as a fifth vital sign, according to the Lancet: http://goo.gl/gyxYf
Exercises to Avoid with Osteoarthritis of the Knee or Hip include:
- Running and jogging. The difference between how much force goes through your joints jogging or running, as opposed to with walking, is sometimes more than 10-fold your whole body weight
- Jumping rope
- High-impact aerobics
- Any activity where, at any time, you have both feet off the ground at once, however briefly (basketball, jumping)
Fortunately, that leaves a lot of activities that are OK for people with knee and hip osteoarthritis and that can help keep you mobile - see the list at WebMD.
Research Finds Exercise is Good for Arthritis (a Cleveland Clinic video):
Knee and Hip Exercises for Osteoarthritis. WebMD.
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