HOW TO STAY FIT WITH BAD KNEES
Jogging is an effective way to stay in shape, but it isn’t the ideal form of exercise when you have bad knees. Running can be painful and can put even more stress on your knee joints. Thankfully, there are many other forms of exercise that give you all the cardiovascular benefits of running without adding to your existing knee pain.
CORE Physical Therapy has put together a few tips for staying fit, even with bad knees:
Riding a bicycle is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise. You can cycle outside and explore just like you would with running, or you can do it indoors on a stationary bike. You’ll be able to avoid putting added stress on your joint while utilizing many of the same leg muscles used in running.
Yoga is more of a workout than it may seem. There are many different forms that can cater to what you are looking to achieve physically. Yoga can be very relaxing and is great for stretching out tight muscles at the same time.
The ideal form of exercise for those with joint problems is swimming. Take a few laps or do an aqua-aerobics routine, even treading water for a steady period of time will give you as many cardiovascular benefits—if not more—than a daily jog. Swimming utilizes water resistance to enhance muscular development while putting very little stress on the joints.
If your local gym has a rowing machine available, give it a try. You’ll find it gives you an intense full-body workout without being too abrasive on your knees. It does require some leg support, so start with low resistance and build your way up to avoid any straining.
If you want to keep it simple, taking daily walks is a good way to stay active. To receive the same cardiovascular benefits as you would with running, you may have to do a little more of it, but you can be sure walking will be gentle on your knees.
We at CORE Physical Therapy hope you find these tips helpful. These are just a few alternatives that will help you stay in shape without putting added stress on your knees.