If you wish to continue moving your joints but fear stressing your knees and back, low impact cardio is perfect for you. Here's why: (h/t to MindBodyGreen.com)
Intense workouts make you more prone to injury. While that doesn't mean you should brush off intense workouts completely, the fact is that low impact cardio puts less stress on your joints and muscles while still allowing you to get a good workout in. Plus, it tends to cause less inflammation in your body because it doesn't do as much damage to your body as intense workouts. People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis will particularly benefit from low-impact cardio.
Stretching often gets relegated to the warm-up part of a workout routine, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work out your body. Yes, it is more low impact than other low impact cardio exercises like hiking. But over time, mobility exercises like stretching will greatly improve your flexibility and help you move more efficiently in other workout modalities. This can also lower your risk of injury and perhaps even relieve chronic pain. (Related: 9 Exercises for upper back pain relief.)
Just because an exercise is low impact doesn't mean it cannot boost your metabolism. Quite the opposite – low impact cardio still gets your heart rate up, push your muscles to work hard and make you sweat and burn calories. And by boosting your metabolism, low impact cardio can help you shed some pounds and reduce the stress on your knees and back caused by excess weight. Experts also say that obesity and being overweight can worsen chronic pain because your body has too many fat cells that promote inflammation.
Check out the following low impact cardio exercises to relieve chronic pain:
Low impact cardio exercises are perfect for anyone looking to get their muscles moving without stressing their injured knees and backs even more. Add these exercises to your workout routine to get in shape and alleviate chronic joint and back pain.
Learn more about exercises that help relieve chronic pain at BackPain.news.