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Keep on Exercising While Your Knees Rest

By Donna Stark

Running is one of the simplest forms of exercise you can engage in. However, it can also be one of the worst if you are struggling with knee problems because the toll you put your already-hurting knees through while you run could lead to future problems down the road. So, why don't you give your knees a break for a bit? And in the meantime, give these other exercises a chance to prove their worth!

Swimming

Swimming is a great exercise for those who are struggling with knee pain. In addition to being low-impact (the buoyancy of the water makes it so), swimming is also a complete and full-body workout. Take a look at the benefits of aquatic exercise below.

  • Restores mobility
  • Burns fat and calories
  • Increases endurance
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Strengthens and tones muscles

Elliptical Trainer

Do the machines at the gym intimidate you? Don't let them! Especially if you are struggling with pain. The elliptical is a great alternative to running because very little stress is placed on your knees, hips, and back. Here are some of the benefits you can get by hopping on one.

  • Provides versatile in-home training
  • Burns fat and calories
  • Improves balance and mobility
  • Exercises arms and upper body
  • Strengthens bones

Cycling

Whether you choose to cycle indoors or out, you can't go wrong with this exercise. Riding a bicycle, or a stationary bike, is a smart way to stay active while your knees are recovering from their pain issue. Just be sure to follow all the safety rules if you decide to ride bike on the roads. Check out the benefits you can look forward to with this type of exercise.

  • Improves balance, posture, and coordination
  • Boosts mental health
  • Provides an amazing core workout
  • Increases leg strength and endurance

Give Your Knees a Break, Not Your Body

Just because you are giving your knees a break doesn't mean you need to take a break from everything else. The rest of your body is counting on you to stay on top of your health and fitness routine! So, go ahead and try something new. There are plenty of exercises and stretching options you can choose from while your knees are recovering from their pain issue.. And if you want to speed up the healing process your knees are going through, don't forget about chiropractic care. Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are experts in pain issues and would be more than happy to help!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cumming, Ga. 

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