Exercise is crucial for everyone. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, if you are experiencing stiff and painful joints the idea of exercising might seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, it can actually help! Omnibus Home Health Care would like to share with you some exercises that are easy on your joints.
Avoiding wear and tear
Low impacts exercises have many of the same health benefits as high-impact exercises while protecting your joints from wear and tear.
Low-impact exercise can help you:
- Strengthen bones
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Lose weight
- Lower blood sugar
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Manage high blood pressure
- Prevent type 2 diabetes
- Improve mental health
- Improve sleep
- Increase energy levels
Remember: Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Elliptical training machines
When you use an elliptical machine, the fluid motion of these forms of exercise is easy on your joints. It’s a great cardio workout that burns calories and benefits your heart. Plus, this machine works upper and lower body at the same time!
Recumbent or stationary cycling
Cycling is low-impact. This means it won’t strain your joints. Cycling outdoors is a fun way to get your exercise in the fresh air, just don’t forget your helmet. As an alternative, indoor cycling is safe, stable and fun, and can be done year-round rain or shine.
Swimming or other pool exercises
Moving your body through water is a great way to tone your muscles, get your heart rate up, and burn calories with the buoyancy of water. Don’t forget to look around your community for indoor pools, classes, and groups.
Increasing strength through training is essential for improving overall function. Older adults can gain more mobility, walk farther, and even reduce the need for assistive devices like canes and walkers with regular strength training.
If you think exercise will aggravate your joint pain and stiffness, that’s not the case! Lack of exercise actually can make your joints even more painful and stiff.
Check with your doctor first
Talk to your doctor before starting new exercises and discuss what types of exercises are best for you. Your doctor or a physical therapist can find the most beneficial exercise plan for you.
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