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Gentle Exercises For Your Joints!

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Joint-Friendly Options in Social Settings

Some exercisers would rather work out with a group than alone. Gyms and fitness classes offer plenty of options for joint-friendly workouts.

1. Yoga

Many people with tricky joints love yoga. An ancient practice of exercise and breathing, yoga can be practiced in your own, but many people prefer to take yoga classes from certified instructors, especially when first starting out. Yoga not only provides a workout without stressing the joints, it promotes increased flexibility, which also promotes joint health. A great resource for yoga go to http://www.yogajournal.com.

2. Water aerobics

Water aerobics classes are fun, social and easy on your joints. Plus, working out in the water provides lots of resistance, which forces your muscles to work harder than usual even though you don’t feel like you are. The result is a hard workout that feels remarkably easy while you’re doing it and yet tones your body and keeps you fit!

3. Pilates

Pilates classes have become very popular in recent years. Pilates is a form of exercise that involves particular calisthenic moves performed on mats or with specialized machines. Fans of Pilates claim that it builds and tones muscles and enhances flexibility with no joint-pounding stress on the body.

As you can see, from whole body vibration to water aerobics, there’s a wide range of workout choices that won’t harm your joints but will keep you fit and healthy. Experiment with these forms of exercise to see which one is best for you!

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1 Comment

  1. Jen

    February 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I have been diagnosed with hyper-mobility-syndrome and also degenerative disorder in my knees and possibly in my ankle (just the one!: I do have two…) in the past two years. I also have quite a lot of back pain (lower) which isn’t really such a suprize when you consider the place I seem to most be hyper-mobile in, is my back.

    I am now 31 and the pain is starting to start, it hurts a lot more when doing certain exercises, some of which are listed above and I’m always confused when I see things like this being suggested to me, yet they are the few things that make things more painful.

    Swimming, cycling, yoga, they all leave my back in so much pain! My knees are also affected with both yoga and cycling. I’ve got very muscular legs so don’t think it’s about weakened muscles, but I do know to steer clear of things like this, basicly if my joints need to bend any more then normal, and with any force, the next few days I’ll either be on coedine or in lots of pain and biting everyone’s heads off whilst moving at a snails pace to compensate.

    Is this a special things for those of us with HMS? Or am I doing something wrong? Because as far as it seems to go, I can only ever make this condition worse!

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