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Exercises for patients with gout

13/08/2016 | 10:49 - Gout prevention

Exercise can be important in preventing gout attacks. Simple movements such as muscle relaxation exercises, cardio, exercises can promote faster healing from this disease.

Gout causes swelling and inflammation at the knees, elbows, fingers, ankles, wrists and big toes. The cause of the pains is the inefficient operation of the excretory system or the accumulation of uric acid.


Exercise can help prevent the gout attacks. However, exercise can also lead to the risk of myositis. You should consult the doctor to get the best training, fit yourself to repel the disease.

Here are the best exercises the patients with gout can try:

1/        Muscle relaxation exercises:

Muscle relaxation can reduce the build up of uric acid in the body.

Besides, it can also help increase the performance in physical activities and flexibility to the body.

muscle relaxation

2/        Back and thigh muscle exercises:

Sit on the floor, legs straight out in front you.

Leaning forward until your hands touch the toes. Hold for 15 seconds and try to make 3 more times.

3/        Shoulder Exercises:

First, take a few minutes to warm up, especially upper body.

Then roll your body forward for 30 seconds and then roll back in 30 seconds.

4/        Wrist exercises:

wrist exercises

Make a full fist, rotate your wrist in clockwise and anti – clockwise direction for 30 seconds.

Repeat 10 times on each direction with each hand.

5/        Swimming:

Swimming and water aerobics are great ways to strengthen the functions of the body, because when you move in water, your muscles will suffer less force.

Start slowly and gradually increase your swimming time. Remember that the speed and the distance are less important than the total swimming time.

When you start to swim, you should swim 2 days a week, at least 15 minutes each time.

6/        Aerobic and Cardio exercises:

Cardio exercises

Cardiovascular exercise helps strengthen the ability to use oxygen to metabolize acids in the body and improve lung capacity. It also helps to strengthen the muscles of the lower limb.

Choose gentle Aerobic exercises such as climbing stairs, walking, fitness and dancing. Start with 10 minutes daily, and as time goes on you have to prolong the exercise time. Please remember that your target is 30-45 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

If you are not used to exercise, do not rush to start heavy exercises because it can make gout worse. If you don’t know how start, you should look for a coach and follow the prescribed treatment regimen of your doctor.

==>  Moreover, you can relieve the painful swelling and inflammation, prevent the gout attacks through gout diet, healthy lifestyle and weight management.

*** Good luck ***

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