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How Small Changes in Physical Activity Can Make a Difference

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by John “J.P.” Begly, MD
ABOUT THE AUTHORJohn “J.P.” Begly, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

John "J.P." Begly, MD is an orthopedic surgeon at CVMC who specializes in minimally-invasive hip, knee and shoulder interventions.

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Staying physically fit is extremely important for healthy joints and a happy life. For many, the idea of exercising can be a scary endeavor, but fear not -- even daily walks are a great way to stay active. In fact, research shows that just making small changes in how you move can lead up to big health benefits in the long run.

With that in mind, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your physical activities:

  1. If you’re starting a new activity, stay within your comfort zone initially and gradually build up your activity level in a safe manner.
  2. For those of us with occasionally painful hips and knees, try low-impact activities such as swimming, the elliptical and cycling.
  3. Don’t forget your core – a strong core is critical for long-term hip and knee health. Balance and stretching exercises will help strengthen your core and give you greater stability in all your daily activities.

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