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How to Workout Without Joint Pain

By Virginia Laird

Some people hit the gym, feel a little pain, and find it easier to stop working out rather than do an alternative exercise. There are plenty of exercises that one who suffers from joint pain can do. Furthermore, there are a plethora of workouts and exercises that can help build strength in the muscles that can help prevent joint pain in the future. A few of these workouts include:

  • Stretch out
  • Resistance train
  • Take a class
  • Swim
  • Go for a walk

Stretch Out

Many people suffer with pain during workouts because they forget stretching prior to a workout. Stretching, or warming up, plays an important role in preventing injury. It is vital to always loosen the muscles before exercising.  

Resistance Train

Resistance training helps to strengthen the muscles that protect the joints, which can help to prevent joint pain. Resistance training does not mean a person must partake in heavy weightlifting. Rather, it consists of the use of lighter weights, dumbbells, and resistance bands to tone and strengthen.

Take a Class

Taking a class of any kind can help prevent joint pain. This is, in part, because instructors will remind participants to not overdo it. Each instructor will typically show a variety of ways to perform the same workout at various levels. Another great thing about taking a class is that all classes should include stretching as well as some resistance training. The best part about a class is that there is no thought process needed. Someone else is keeping track of what is being accomplished and what is next. This can take the stress off of someone who may not be super comfortable planning what to do in the gym.


Swimming is a great place to go for someone who may be struggling with joint pain. Swimming works every muscle in the body as well as being a zero impact workout. Research also suggests that swimming is one of the best workouts when it comes to burning calories.

Go for a Walk

Walking is another exercise that can be great for those who are suffering with joint pain. It is a low-impact exercise that is always self-paced. Some people may find it easier to walk with a friend or a dog, as it can help prevent skipping out on the exercise.

As always, if you are someone who suffers with severe pain, it is recommended to visit with your chiropractor before beginning any workout.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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