Exercising for weight loss can be difficult for people with joint problems. If you have ankle, knee, or hip joint pain high impact exercises can increase that pain, cause swelling, and derail the exercise portion of your weight loss efforts. The good news is there are plenty of low impact exercises that can help you burn calories and that stored fat.
Cycling is a great low impact exercise for people with joint problems, while cycling does work your knee joints it does so in a gentle way, that make actually make the muscles around your knee joint stronger which will provide more support for those joints. Using a recumbent bike will give you back support if you have back problems or pain.
Swimming is a great way to burn a lot of calories in a fairly short of amount of time, and since you are in water, there is no impact on any of your joints. If you want to burn even more calories you can also engage in water aerobics as this two is a low impact way to work out.
Elliptical machines are recommended over treadmills because the impact on your joints is much lower. These machines do offer resistance which not only helps to burn calories, but also helps to firm up the muscles in legs and buttocks. The only problem is that you either to use the elliptical machines at a health club or pay a good deal money to get a quality home version of this machine.
Rowing machines give you a great aerobic workout and also helps to build upper body strength. However, if you don’t want to visit a gym or invest in an expensive rowing machine you can also use a resistance strap to mimic the workout you get from a rowing machine. Most resistance straps are inexpensive and allow you do a variety of other low impact exercises as well.
You can either use a mini or full size trampoline to get a great low impact workout. Simply bouncing up and down on one for 15 minutes twice a day will get that heart rate up and burn calories. Best of all playing on a trampoline can be fun and really doesn’t feel like exercise.
Walking is considered to be a low impact exercise as well and the benefit of walking is that you can do it inside or outside. However, depending on the type of surface you are walking on you could still experience joint pain in ankles, knees, hips and even your back.
The simple truth is that any movement at all will help you to burn calories, the amount of calories you burn will depend on how much the exercise increases your heart rate and the length of time you spend exercising. So even if that exercise only consists of sitting down and standing up several extra times a day, or using a hula hoop, or simply swinging your arms, the more often you move, the more calories you will burn and in many cases you don’t have to resort to those exercises that puts stress on any of your joints.