How to Stay Fit and Live a Healthier Lifestyle with Joint Pain

Diet and exercise. We’ve heard it our entire lives. Diet and exercise. Diet and exercise. Diet and exercise. It’s become a mantra for people who want to take care of themselves. If you want a shot at living a long life, if you’re hoping for a pain-free life, if your ultimate goal is to have the best life that you can, you need to invest in your diet and exercise.

The reason we keep hearing this refrain is that it’s true. A balanced diet and regular exercise can contribute to a longer and healthier life. Exercising for just 30 minutes a day can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Combine this with a healthy diet and you can prevent diabetes, high-blood pressure, osteoporosis and arthritis (Source: Healthfully).

But what if you can’t exercise through traditional methods because of muscle or joint injuries? There are other ways to stimulate the muscles in your body and still get a workout in through low-impact activity. If you need to protect joints but still need to get in cardiovascular and strength training activity, here are some great year-round options for exercise, since they can be done both indoors and outdoors.

  • Exercises that use flowing movements, like tai-chi or yoga
  • Water aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Pilates
  • Bodyweight training
  • Zumba classes
If the injuries to your joints are too severe to indulge in physical activity, Electronic Muscle Stimulation can be useful in preventing muscular atrophy, by providing regular stimulation to your muscles. You can learn more about how EMS can help you here.