Low Impact Exercise for Your Joints
Exercise can help you improve your health and fitness without hurting your joints.
The joints in your body are involved in every activity that you do. Simple movements such as walking, bending, and turning require the use of hip and knee joints and normally all of these joints work together and move without pain.
From strength training to jogging to aerobic classes (and let’s not forget the plain old swim), aquatic exercises allow you to keep doing many of the exercises you love, while taking a load off your joints.
Visit the great outdoors. Besides the soothing, relaxing benefits of breathing fresh air and observing nature, the great outdoors provides many opportunities for burning extra calories while having fun. Gardening and other yard work is just one way to firm up your arms and legs, while being productive, too.
Take a hike. Choose your favorite spots and walk them at least once a week. Hiking burns calories, strengthens muscles and builds denser bones, while providing interesting scenery and a chance to get in touch with Mother Nature.
Warm up. Don't think about hitting the gym, the pool or the trails (or any exercise for that matter) before warming up. Warming up your body before exercise is like warming your car up in the winter. To keep it running smoothly and for optimal joint safety, start slowly and get up to speed only after your muscles and joints have at least five minutes prep time.