Sport and healty joints: From 0 to 100? Better not!
It is generally known that the practice of sports is beneficial as well for the physical as for the psychical health. But like everywhere the golden path between too much and to little is small and the ideal must be found.
Not doing any exercise is unhealthy. It increases the risk of classical lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high blood-pressure and cardiovascular diseases, often in combination with overweight, as well as backache, herniated vertebral discs and a weak immune system.
As unhealthy as no exercise is too much of it, especially if someone has been a couch potato before that. Too much training without proper preparation involves the risk of injuries.
Regardless of which sport you get thrilled for: to begin with, a proper health check at your physician is indispensable. Are your heart and your circulation okay? What about your joints? If your physician gives you the green light, you can go ahead with your training.
Depending on the type of sport you are going to practice it is perhaps not worth it to invest in the most extravagant equipment right from the start. It is perhaps wiser to invest first in a few lessons with a good trainer in the relevant sport. He/she can show you the correct course of motions to you, correct you, give tips (concerning the equipment too, if you consider buying it later) and inform you of risks, dos and don’ts. Perhaps you even work out an adequate training program together with an easy start and slow build-up of requirements.
No matter what type of exercise you decide for: It is very important not to forget the warm-up before and cool-down after the training.
But the most important thing at all is: It is much better to practice regularly on a moderate basis than rarely at an extreme level!