Methods for Alleviating Joint Pain
Finally spring is here and the last thing you want holding you back from the beautiful weather is joint pain. When joint pain really starts acting up, you just want to lie in bed all day, but this is not the best long term solution. Studies have shown people manage joint pain better if they exercise regularly and stay flexible. Today, Core Products is walking through 5 exercises that will help you manage your joint pain
Walking: While it may seem basic, something as simple as walking regularly strengthens muscles, which shifts pressure away from joints and reduces pain. The compression and release of cartilage in your knees also brings beneficial oxygen to your joints. Start by walking 10 minutes at least 3-5 days a week. As you get stronger, start to take longer walks and increase your speed.
Yoga – Beginner yoga classes provide simple, gentle movements that gradually build strength, balance, and flexibility. Practicing yoga can reduce inflammation as well as increase your energy. Keep in mind, the majority of yoga poses can be adapted for people with limited range of motion.
Indoor Cycling: Cycling or Spin Classes provide a great way to get in a cardiovascular workout without putting a lot of stress on your joints. Indoor cycling classes are typically a staple in any gym community and are offered several times a week. Not use to cycling? Start off small with 5-10 minute sessions 3-5 times a week until you get used to riding.
Tai Chi – This traditional style of Chinese martial arts provides slow, rhythmic movements that promote balance, strength, and flexibility. The slow and controlled movements featured in Tai Chi are beneficial to those looking for joint pain relief because they put very little force on our joints.
Water Workouts: Warmer water, between 83 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, helps relax muscles and decrease pain. Exercises like swimming, water aerobics, walking and jogging in water are beneficial for stiff or sore joints. Water helps support your body as you move, reducing stress and offering resistance without weights.
The next time your joint pain
acts up, don’t let it hold you back from the beautiful weather. Start to think about ways you can incorporate daily exercise and flexibility stretches into your daily routine so you can actively reduce your joint pain.
Before starting any exercise, Core Products recommends consulting with your primary care doctor to develop a plan tailored to your needs.