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Is Exercise Good for Joint Pain

Published by Dr. Alden Clendenin

Image of joints highlighted on a human bod

Exercising is important for maintaining a healthy weight, good heart health, endurance, relieving stress, and many other fundamental physical factors that play a role in our overall health. Another important way exercise protects the body is in how it benefits the joints.

Our joints take on the brunt of the work in our daily life, which means they need to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Some people believe that exercise can aggravate their joints, especially if they already suffer from pain and stiffness.

How Does Exercise Improve Joint Pain and Stiffness

The truth is that lack of exercise is actually bad for your joints and can cause them to become more stiff and painful. This is because in order to protect the joint, surrounding muscles and tissues must remain strong to support the bones. Having weak muscles and tissues will only cause more strain on your joints.

Exercises for Joint Health

Having healthy joints is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If your joints are stiff or causing you pain, this can prevent you from living your life and taking part in daily activities.

There are many strengthening exercises you can do to specifically target muscle groups around your joints, and those that support overall joint function. Below is a list of some of the best exercises you can do to improve joint health and mobility, although it is wise to complete a variety of these types of exercises for best results.

  • Core Exercises
  • Flexibility/Stretching Exercises (i.e. yoga, Pilates, etc.)
  • Aerobic Exercises (As people age, high impact exercises should be avoided.)
  • Low-Impact Sports/Exercises
  • Weight Training

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