(DETROIT, MI April 30, 2012) – If you regularly work out at a moderate or intensive level, you may be concerned – as many people are – that exercise could “wear and tear” your knee joints.

You can relax! A new research published last week in the scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, shows that physical activity is actually beneficial to knee health.

“There is some truth to the saying ‘a moment on the lips leads to a lifetime on the hips’,” says Prussia Hall, a personal trainer at every BODY in Detroit, MI. “That’s why it is so important to pay attention to what we eat and how we burn the extra calories during this time of the year. This is certainly not the time to become sedentary.”

You might think that eating sensibly during the season that is so focused on food and drink is an impossible task. And so is fitting exercise into your hectic schedule.

“The main concern has always been that vigorous exercise could cause bony spurs called osteophytes, an overgrowth of bone tissue which develops in deteriorating joints and tendons,” says Prussia Hall, a personal trainer at every BODY in Detroit, MI. “But these new findings clearly show that physical activity, if done correctly, is not harmful to the knees.”

Hall explains that, according to the research, spurs may be the body’s healthy response to ongoing stimulation from physical activity. “As a matter of fact, rather than hurting the knees, exercise has been shown to cause fewer injuries to the knee’s cartilage, a flexible connective tissue found in joints between bones,” she says.

Hall points out that the study’s findings should reassure all those who forego exercise for the fear of injuring their knees. “It is understandable that people want to protect their knee joints as well as related muscles and tendons because they play such an important role in how we move and carry the body weight,” she notes.

“However, giving up physical activity altogether is not the answer. What you need is a safe way to exercise.”

Everyone, and especially those who are susceptible to twisting and stretching injuries of the knee, would benefit from exercises and stretches that focus on the glutes, hips, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.

“A fitness professional can show you a whole range of exercises that are terrific for your knees’ strength and flexibility,” Hall says. “What is also important is maintaining a healthy body weight so your knees don’t buckle under the extra pressure, and also wearing appropriate footwear.”

Hall adds that while exercise is good for the knees, it is beneficial for all the other joints and bones as well.

“Lack of exercise can make your joints more painful by weakening the supporting muscles,” she says. “Just like for the knees, strength, flexibility and endurance training can make a world of difference in making all your joints less stiff and sore. Here too, a fitness instructor can guide you toward the most effective and safest exercises.”

About every BODY:

Launched by fitness expert Prussia Hall in October 2008, every BODY offers women’s only and co-ed personal training and boot camp fitness programs which specialize in the areas of women’s fitness, corporate wellness, teen health, weight loss and nutrition. Program details and client testimonials are available at www.everybodyllc.com. Hall, a certified fitness expert with over 8 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at info@everybodyllc.com or 800-217-8247.

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About Prussia Hall, Fitness Expert:

Hall is a certified fitness expert (B.B.A., M.S., NASM, CPT) with over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry. Hall can be reached at info@everybodyllc.com or 800-217-8247 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.

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