Something that attacks nearly everyone as they age is joint pain. But what if there was something you could start doing today to not only reduce joint pain but also prevent it from progressing?
These five fitness activities are perfect for just that. Each one of these exercises works your joints in a different way. Regaining mobility throughout your body will allow you to complete daily tasks with ease once again. Whether it’s reaching for a glass in a cabinet or squatting down to pick something up off the floor, doing at least one of these activities every day will make tasks that should be simple, simple again.
This activity is the easiest one to do because you can do it anywhere, anytime, and you don’t have to buy any equipment. You can stay inside and do laps around your house, or you can go outside and do laps around your yard. You could even get a group together and walk around your neighborhood. Remember, there’s safety in numbers. Try not to walk alone, especially at night time.
2. Water Aerobics
Water aerobics is one of the more exciting activities on this list if you enjoy being in the water. This activity is especially helpful because it doesn’t put too much pressure on your joints.
If you have your own pool, that’s perfect; you can exercise your joints in the comfort of your own backyard. However, if you don’t own a pool, you can visit your local gym to sign up for their water aerobics class.
If you have a Silver Sneakers membership through your Medicare plan, you probably have access to a ton of fitness classes, water aerobics included. A Silver Sneakers membership gives you an all-access pass to many big-name gyms throughout the country. Gyms that accept Silver Sneakers memberships often have classes specifically for their senior community.
3. Resistance Band Training
Resistance bands are thick rubber bands that usually have handles on either end. These are great for simple exercises that focus on one specific joint at a time. When you use these bands, your joints will grow stronger.
Over the past few years, this type of workout has become very popular in both the fitness and medical world. Physical therapists often recommend this training for their patients to help regain mobility and muscle after an injury or surgery.
Cycling helps the joints in your knees, making this the perfect exercise to help get rid of that walker or cane. There are many forms of cycling. You can buy an indoor bike to cycle at home. You can use an outdoor bike to cycle around your neighborhood. You could even join a cycling class at your local gym.
However, my favorite way to cycle is on a cycling machine that’s in the water. That’s right – it’s a thing! Cycling while your legs are submerged in water have the same effect on your joints as water aerobics.
5. Hand-Held Weight Lifting
Another activity you can do around your home is lifting hand-held weights. The best part is that you don’t have to go out and buy weights. You could use easy-to-grip household items as your weights. For instance, a can of peas or a book is a perfect replacement for store bought weights.
You can do this activity while walking around your home or even sitting on the couch. Making a habit of lifting light weights every day can help stretch out joints completing our goal of alleviating joint pain.
Healthy Joints Equal Better Living
Common symptoms of poor joint health are swelling, stiffness, and pain. Poor joint health can cause serious falls and injuries as well as health conditions like arthritis.
When you take care of your joints, you’re giving yourself a better future. If you don’t start taking care of your joints early on, then you will be extremely limited in what you’ll be able to accomplish on your own later down the road.
If you don’t want to have to rely on someone to do simple tasks for you, start doing these fitness activities today.