Exercises that are energizing and easy on joints.
When you’re living with joint pain, staying fit is crucial to keeping symptoms in check. But high-impact exercises like running, jumping and other strenuous workouts can do more harm than good. Instead, try one of these low-impact options. (Before starting any exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor.)
There's a reason this relaxing form of exercise has been practiced for centuries. Yoga can help with strength, flexibility and balance, and its many variations mean it can be custom-tailored for those with joint pain.
Great for runners who can no longer hit the trails because of joint pain, aqua jogging engages many of the same muscles as traditional jogging, while water provides natural yet low-impact resistance.
This gentle pairing of movement and meditation can help clear the mind and improve flexibility. Try outdoor tai chi for a breath of fresh air.
When done correctly, stationary cycling can burn major calories without putting too much pressure on your joints. Work with a trainer to determine the best combination of resistance, intensity and intervals for your fitness goals and joint health.
You can do it anywhere. It's totally free. It can help improve your health in many ways, including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and less stress. It's one of the easiest ways to work in low-impact exercise. To boost calorie burn, try a weighted vest, which adds resistance without stressing joints.
A full-body workout that can improve your respiratory health and strengthens from head to toe. So start swimming some laps!
You can find an elliptical machine in virtually every gym and fitness club - it's a low-impact way to strengthen your legs and core while working your arms as well.
Gliding along in the freshly fallen snow, you might not even notice that you're getting a great (but low-impact) aerobic workout.
Sure, blading's heyday was in the 90s, but this smooth, fluid motion is a timeless way to get some fitness al fresco.
This ballet-based workout fad is inspired by the art form's graceful movements - with the addition of small weights and a quick pace to really make you sweat.
No rowboat? No problem. Rowing machines work the whole body while focusing on the core.
Yes, you read that correctly. Shake, shimmy and wiggle your way to enhance joint mobility, ease pain and increase bone strength and flexibility of the knees and ankles.