12 Apr 13 Fat Burning Exercises that are Gentle on the Joints
We all know the importance of exercise. But for some folks, that can wreak havoc on their joints. Here is a list of exercises that are gentle on the joints AND provide you with a great cardio workout. The key is to choose the right one for you and to listen to your body.
The ideal cardio exercise should:
- Be low impact
- Cause no pain
- Increase your heart and respiratory rate
13 Fat Burning Exercises:
This is super low impact and can be a very effective cardio workout. It can not only strengthen your shoulders, but swimming also helps increase lung and heart function.
Walking is a very customizable exercise. Take a leisurely stroll or add weights or walk on an incline to really get that heart rate up.
If you have bad joints, especially knees, ellipticals can take the stress off your legs better than a treadmill can. Do intervals of varying intensities to challenge yourself.
4. Stairs or StairMaster
Use the StairMaster at a gym or use any set of stairs, such as those in the office, the stadium, the apartment. You can find everywhere!
5. Strength training
Keep in mind, you can do more than low-impact cardio to stay in shape. Depending on which joints may be sensitive, there are countless exercises from squats to bicep curls, that can help you reach your fitness goals, gain muscle, and lose fat.
Remember the day you took off your training wheels? You probably felt like you could fly! Whether you hop on the stationary bike or go for a trail ride, biking is a great form of low-impact exercise.
Get ready to sweat. This is a full body workout, plus cardio! You’ll work out your arms, back, legs, and core. Again, you can vary the intensity of this one and make it as easy or as difficult as you see fit.
Grab your paddle on hop into a kayak. Kayaking works your arms and core, and you can usually do some sightseeing while you’re at it.
Tired of walking? Take a hike! To keep things low impact, start with low-grade terrain. You can conquer Mt. Everest another time!
10. Yoga or Pilates
Either exercise provides flexibility and muscle endurance. Pick your favorite and give it a try!
11. Water aerobics
Swimming laps can get lonely and boring. We get it. Try taking an aerobics class at the pool, or doing some on your own. The resistance from the water provides a great workout.
From ballroom to salsa to a Zumba class, there’s an option for everyone. Grab a partner, or go solo. Either way, you’ll have fun and burn tons of calories!
We miss the 90’s, don’t you? Whether it’s at the rink or down the street, just make sure you know how to stop and use protective gear.
Golf is no longer just for the retired. It’s a great way to get your exercise in, plus it’s fun! Forgo the golf cart and walk the course. Now, get swinging!