Man overlooking water on bike

When it comes to joint pain, the discomfort may leave you wanting to do anything but move. However, that may do more harm than good. Managing discomfort can be as easy as daily movements and low-impact exercises. Shown to be beneficial in both prevention and recovery, movement can come in all kinds of forms. Not sure where to start? We have five ideas to get you up and moving ASAP.

Walking. Not only is walking a great way to get around and explore your neighborhood, but it’s also a great way to keep your body moving and keeping discomfort at bay. You can even mix walking into the beginning of your workout routine to warm up. This can reduce potential muscle soreness and prevent injuries.  

Swimming. Did you know that when in the water a majority of your body weight is supported? Due to this, it allows you to move in ways you may find uncomfortable outside of the pool. Water activities such as swimming, water aerobics, and water jogging give you the ability to move with ease and strengthen the areas around your joints. [1]

Yoga. Take it to the mat for pain relief. It’s no secret that yoga has many benefits when it comes to alleviating stress and strengthening the body. Overall, the gentle flows and movements are known for being easy on the joints [2]. Given the variety of yoga styles, there are plenty that can play a role in helping keep joint pain in check by strengthening and improving flexibility.

Cycling. Another way to get out and explore the world, all while staying in motion! If you’re someone that is looking for a little more from your movements, cycling may be for you. With the ability to adjust the intensity, you can ensure you’re working at your pace and comfort level [3]. Whether that’s cycling outdoors or pedaling it out on a stationary bike, you’re bound to reap the benefits of strength training and limiting discomfort.

Stretching. An easy way to get started is to incorporate stretching into your daily routine. While you may not think stretching can prevent and alleviate discomfort, a variety of dynamic and static stretches can make all the difference.

Regardless of how you decide to move, it is encouraged to warm up and cool down to prevent injuries.  Be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine to ensure what route is best for you.

If knee, hip, or shoulder pain is stopping you from enjoying your favorite exercises or activities, AROmotion may be able to help.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for our non-surgical orthopedic procedure that stops joint pain fast with effective and lasting results.

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