Gout may be a very painful condition, but it doesn’t mean that it should hinder you from a healthy lifestyle. In fact, this is the time to double your efforts when it comes to your Gout prevention diet and exercise—because eating the right foods coupled with light exercises can prevent several major bouts with Gout.
With your condition, you may however need to be selective when it comes to your chosen routines. Now that we should take care of your joints, since it’s where Gout usually attacks, you may be restricted to exercises that aren’t hard on your joints. That eliminates running and lifting weights.
What should be done?
Well technically, you can still run, but just light-paced running. You can use a treadmill, or go out to breathe some fresh air. Riding on a stationary bike is also a good exercise for you, too!
Why regular exercise is good for Gout patients
Regular exercise is good for anyone, even for people who have no Gout. Exercising keeps you in good shape, because you get to burn calories and flex your muscles, it also regulates blood flow around your body, thus it lessens the possibility of Gout to attack again.
If you decide to take light jogging, remember the following:
1.) Don’t rush yourself.
If this is your first time to run or jog outdoors or on a treadmill, don’t sprint all the way to your heart’s content! Otherwise, it will give you cramps the next day. Just do brisk walking, and gradually jog lightly when you think you’re ready.
It’s also the same with riding on a stationary bike—just start slowly, and gradually go fast.
2.) Do it regularly.
You need to at least do your exercises at least thrice a week. Not just that, you have to keep track of the length of time you should do it. For beginners, you can do a 10 to 15 minute light exercise. Gradually, you can go on moderate exercises for 30 minutes or so.
3.) Find new ways to enjoy your routine.
If you’ve been stuck on the treadmill or stationary bike for months, you can always choose to do your light exercises outdoors—especially if the weather is great! It may also be a good idea if you have someone—a partner, friend, or family member—who’ll be your buddy when it comes to your routine. And of course, you can always enjoy your routine with good music!
4.) Chart Your Progress
Although losing weight is not our main goal here, it’s still best to keep track of your weight, and even the number of times that Gout has attacked you in any given week. Tracking how much weight you’ve lost or gain is important because if you are gaining too much, it means you have to slow down with your eating habits. And if you are losing weight pretty fast, it may also mean you have to slow down with your routine exercises because losing weight rapidly is not good.
Your Gout attacks should be monitored too, although the frequency of this relies on your diet.
5.) Make it a way of life
Doing your exercises are not just for a couple of months, this should already be part of your daily, normal routine! The first month may be the hardest, especially if you are used to a sedentary lifestyle. But after 21-30 days of regular routines, you’d be used to it and exercising would just feel like a normal chore to you!
Aside from joint-friendly exercises, you must also make your Gout prevention diet a normal, daily meal plan for you. Gout is caused by the deposits of uric acid in our body and excess urates mostly come from the food we eat. So it’s important to take extra precaution in that matter.
If you need a guide or want to know more about Gout-friendly foods and recipes, you can visit www.goutdietguide.com to learn more. You can also find different tips on what alternatives you should eat if you are craving for something out from the diet plan, techniques on reducing alcohol consumption, and many more.
You may have thought that your constant bouts with Gout hinders your ability to go on with your daily routine, but you can actually take the lead and control your own condition with the right diet and exercise!