Now that you’ve overcome a few scheduling obstacles and have begun an exercise routine, the last thing you want is an injury. So it might concern you to hear your joints creaking and popping during a workout. What’s going on? And what can you do to stop it?
First of all, noisy joints are very common and usually don’t signal a problem. As we age, loss of cartilage can create a bit more snapping and popping during movement. If your muscles are tight, you might also hear more noise than usual as you warm up for exercise. As long as you don’t notice pain or swelling, noisy joints are rarely a cause for concern.
Of course, you might still feel self conscious about noisy joints. Taking these simple steps can help.
Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can reduce inflammation, which will aid your health in numerous ways. Focus on strengthening the muscles around the popping joint, to support it more effectively. Doing this is especially important if you suspect arthritis in that area.
Warm up before workouts. Make sure you stretch and warm up your muscles before diving into your full workout.
Drink more water. Joints contain a thick gel substance that keeps them lubricated and helps them move smoothly. Since this fluid is composed partly of water, becoming dehydrated can affect the levels of it within your joints. Sip water throughout the day, and avoid dehydrating drinks such as coffee, soda, and alcohol.
Remember, as you progress toward your weight loss goals, your body will become healthier overall. Losing weight means less pressure on your joints, and over time you might notice that they creak and pop less often.
Again, noisy joints can be normal due to loss of cartilage and/or stress on joints. But if you do notice swelling, pain, or stiffness in those areas, report these symptoms to your physician. These symptoms can be a sign of arthritis, which can be managed when caught early in its progression.
Otherwise, stick to your exercise program and weight loss plan. As time goes by you won’t be so self conscious of your noisy joints anymore.