New Delhi: Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation have recently found that statins can cause spontaneous and irregular leaks of calcium from storage compartments within the muscle cells, which can lead to damage, pain and weakness. Normally, coordinated releases of calciums are responsible for the contraction of muscles, but medicines consumed to regulate cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
The study also found a solution to the problem – exercise. Researchers found that exercising can prevent changes that lead to calcium leaks, and it can be an effective way to reduce muscle pain and symptoms caused due to statins. Researchers, however, emphasised on ‘moderate’ exercise and hinted that while exercise does not make the side-effects of statins worse, the intensity does matter. Here are 5 exercises you can try to reduce muscle pain.
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If you are experiencing muscle pain in your back and/or arms, a forward bend may be a good exercise for you. This exercise also helps to strengthen the hamstrings and glutes and therefore may prove beneficial for people who are experiencing muscle pain due to statin use. The exercise is also not too intense, like a gym workout, and therefore is fit for people who are using statins to reduce cholesterol levels.
Picture credits: Getty Squats are one of the simplest exercises for your core and lower body and can help relieve pain in those areas. The intensity of squats can be changed according to preference, by adding difficulties and/or weights during the exercise. Doing simple squats, without any equipment, can strengthen your legs, hamstrings, glutes and core muscles.
Picture credits: Getty Lunges are another exercise, just like squats, where you can change the intensity according to your ability and health conditions. Doing simple lunges can be beneficial to improve muscle strength in your legs and core. Doing the exercise with weights can also help strengthen your arms.
Picture credits: Getty Crunches are an easy exercise that can be done anywhere, anytime and does not require any equipment. They help in reducing pain and improving strength in various parts of the body like the core, back, arms and legs. Crunches can also help reduce belly fat and improve cholesterol levels naturally.
The Bridge Pose
Picture credits: Getty The bridge pose is one of the most popular yoga poses that has many benefits. The bridge pose regulates metabolism, improves digestion, helps in weight loss, and improves heart health. Apart from these benefits, it helps reduce muscle pain and strengthens the muscles of the shoulders, back, legs, and core.