While running, step class and hiking are off the list, there are still some great ways to get exercise and stay healthy.
Achy knees: yuck. No one wants them. With Bone and Joint Health Action Week taking place soon, it’s a good time to look at how to get some cardio exercise while suffering from joint problems.
Of course, going for a jog up the street or visiting an aerobics class is generally off the books. You don’t want to aggravate your knees and make things worse.
One the other hand, you certainly don’t want to skip your exercise altogether, as this can weaken the muscles around your knee making things worse, and also help you gain weight. Carrying excess weight on your frame is a leading cause of knee problems. Keeping your weight in check is a first line of defense, and you want to keep active, with your heart pumping.
So, where to turn? Any aerobic activity that doesn’t put too much pressure on your knees but still gets your heart rate going is a keeper. According to the experts, this includes things like biking (on a stationary device or a real one), vigorous swimming, and distance walking.
Combining these types of low-impact cardio with simple weight lifting to strengthen the muscles around your knees is also recommended. Walking up stairs, doing leg-lifts and using a stationary bike all work those precious leg muscles that needed to support your knees.
Remember: fitness is a process. Find what works for you, and stay healthy.