4 Tips for Exercising with Joint Pain

If you’re like the rest of us mortals and experience joint pain, it can be challenging to find the motivation to exercise.

Most of us instinctively assume that letting an achy joint rest is the best medicine. However, exercise is crucial to maintain mobility and reduce pain in your joints.

So we can learn to move in ways that help rather than hurt, here are some tips on how to exercise with joint pain:

  1. Low-Impact Exercises: Choose low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, or walking. These exercises are easier on your joints and can help reduce pain. Avoid high-impact activities like throwing, running, or jumping, which can put additional strain on your joints.

  2. Stretching: Stretching helps keep your muscles and joints flexible. Take time to stretch before and after your workout. Stretching can reduce joint stiffness and soreness. There are cases where this may not work, but they are few and far between.

  3. Strength Training: Strengthening the muscles and connective tissues around your joints can support and protect them. Start by using light weights or resistance bands to do compound exercises like squats, lunges, and rows.

  4. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body’s signals. If a particular exercise is causing pain, modify or stop the exercise. It’s important to work with your doctor, physical therapist, or trainer to develop a safe and effective exercise plan.

Remember, consistency is key. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week. Be patient, and don’t expect immediate results. It takes time and effort to build strength and reduce joint pain.

Hopefully, these tips help you exercise safely and comfortably with joint pain. Obvious disclaimer: if you experience sharp pain, go see your doctor or physical therapist. 

As always, if you have questions about aches, pains, or corrective exercises the coaches at The Lift are available to consult with you about your exercise routine.