As winter approaches, you probably find yourself spending more time indoors. Blame it on the weather: it’s just no fun to be outside in the cold wind, rain, or snow.
When you live with joint pain, the bad weather can leave you feeling more stiff and sore than ever, so getting out and exercising might not feel like a pleasant experience. But exercise plays a large part in relieving joint pain and helping you manage your condition, making it more important than ever to stay active during the colder months.
Luckily, there are still plenty of exercises you can do indoors, either in your own home or at your local facilities. Here are four to get you started!
1. Stationary cycling
Indoor stationary cycling is great for relieving knee and hip pain. Riding a bike strengthens your quadricep muscles, stabilizing the knees and allowing them to better absorb shock. And unlike some physical activities, it doesn’t require too much twisting in the knee joints, which can be damaging.
Bicycling outdoors over uneven terrain can actually be harmful to your knees and hips, so indoor cycling is an ideal alternative for people with joint pain. You’ll improve your strength and flexibility, and stay dry and toasty.
2. Indoor swimming and water aerobics
If you have access to an indoor pool, swimming and doing water aerobics are fun ways to manage joint pain. The water’s buoyancy takes stress off your joints, making pool exercises low-impact and less strenuous on the joints. If the pool is heated, this can also help soothe your pain.
Swimming strengthens your back muscles as well, helping to relieve back pain. This can dramatically improve the quality of your sleep, so you’ll feel the benefits of your exercise for days to come.
Practicing yoga regularly can increase your flexibility, reduce stiffness, and relieve pain in the joints. Before beginning a yoga class, tell the instructor about any joint pain you’re experiencing so they can help you avoid poses that might put damaging pressure on your joints.
Yoga classes are a great way to meet new people and socialize while staying active. And between classes, you can practice your poses at home whenever you feel stiff.
4. Walking indoors or on a treadmill
Walking around inside a mall, museum, or art gallery can be just as beneficial as walking outdoors. If you’re growing bored of the same surroundings, an indoor walk gets you out of the house and lets you enjoy yourself, all while helping to relieve your stiffness and pain.
If you prefer exercising at home or at the gym, treadmills allow you to vary the intensity of your exercise by changing the incline or speeding up your pace. This is a good way to gradually ramp up your workout to get the full benefit from it.
Before beginning any new exercise regime, talk to your doctor to find out what’s best for you. If you feel sudden pain or discomfort while exercising, it’s best to slow down or stop for the time being, rather than causing yourself an injury.
While exercise is a vital step in managing joint pain and stiffness, alternative treatments like stem cell therapy have helped many patients experience long-term relief. To find out more, contact us today.