When you are suffering from a form of joint pain, it can seem incredibly daunting to hit the gym. More often than not, the fear of pain or causing an injury to your already sore joints can convince you to stay away from exercise; however this shouldn’t be the case. Research has in fact indicated that moderate physical activity can help to prevent the progression of arthritis as well as improve your overall body functions.

There are a variety of different types of exercise that you should tackle, all of which can actually help manage your joint pain. Firstly, the range of motion and stretching style exercises are great for relieving stiffness and increasing flexibility, while strength work (such as weight training) is vital in making your muscles more adept at supporting your joints. Aerobic exercise is a good calorie burner and will help to control your weight – this, in turn, will put less pressure on weight-bearing joints such as your hips and knees.

Here Are A Few Tips To Consider When Planning Your Exercise Regime:

  • Make sure you do a thorough warm up: Limbering up before your workout helps to warm up the synovial fluid that is in your joint capsule. This makes it a much better lubricant which not only helps your joint to move more smoothly, but it also does a better job of protecting it too.
  • Opt for low or non-impact exercise: While high intensity or high impact sports such as running can jar your joints, low or non-impact options are good alternatives that allow you to reap the benefits of exercise without hurting yourself further. Why not try the rowing machine, swimming, walking, water aerobics, incline walking on the treadmill or cycling?
  • Switch what area you work: If your lower body is particularly achy or painful, then why not exercise your upper body instead? This way, you are still exercising however you are also giving your sore joints a breather too. Try some shoulder presses, chest presses, bicep curls and lateral raises to hit your upper body.
  • Always listen to your body: No matter how much you want to plough through a tough exercise routine, it’s important to listen to your body. If you experience severe pain suddenly during exercise, then stop. You can also lower the intensity of your session if you feel this would help.