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The Gym Equipment You Should Be Using

By Brandi Goodman

Some types of gym equipment are incredibly tough on the body. Your joints may ache easily when you use them, especially if you already have trouble in those areas. Some of the best gym equipment that you should be using is listed below.

The Treadmill

A treadmill is a traditional piece of equipment that has been used for years and years. It can be tough on your knees to walk on a hard surface outdoors, but a treadmill with various settings can help tone down that discomfort. You can start out walking slowly and getting used to the activity before you bump your settings higher and start walking any faster. 

One great thing about a treadmill is the fact you have rails on either side of you. You can lean on these for support when you're in need and then return to normal once you're able.

A Rowing Machine

Your wrists and hands can suffer from joint pain as well. This can make it difficult to pull down certain weights and wires with the various machines you see at the gym. A rowing machine that has a wide bar attachment is a beneficial option. It isn't as tough on the hands and can give you a great core workout in the process. Just be sure you're starting at a low resistance level.

An Elliptical Trainer

Climbing up and down the stairs is harsh on your knees. However, an elliptical trainer can kind of mimic the action without such harsh consequences. You can limit the incline and keep the resistance low so the workout isn't as tough on your joints. 

Over time, your knees should become accustomed to the movement and you can increase your resistance if you desire. Just be sure you aren't pushing yourself too far so you can avoid injury. 

A Recumbent Bike

A recumbent or stationary bike offers a cushioned seat. This is a great option if you already have hip troubles. Your backside should stay comfortable while you work out your lower body. It can be a better option than riding a real bike down the street with a slim, uncomfortable seat.

No matter what type of equipment you're using, the point is to always take it easy and go slow - especially when you're first starting out. You can always add weight, resistance, and steeper inclines later on once your body has gotten used to the activity. 

If you experience discomfort while exercising, be sure to stop in at The Joint for an assessment. You may need some further relief for joint pain that only a chiropractor can provide. You should then be able to return to your workout routine with ease.

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

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