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What are the best types of exercise for overweight people with joint pain?

  1. Maddie Ruud profile image79
    Maddie Ruudposted 6 years ago

    What are the best types of exercise for overweight people with joint pain?

  2. SOKCGOLD profile image60
    SOKCGOLDposted 6 years ago

    Try swimming or anything else in a pool, if you can. The buoyancy of your body in the water will take the stress off of your joints. As you build up the muscular support around the affected joint, you may find that you can tolerate more, but depending on the source of your joint pain, certain moves or any type of repetitive pounding may have to be avoided.

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    Dr Shehaposted 6 years ago

    Yes, I agree with Mr. SOKCGOLD. I think swimming is perfect especially for those with knee pain. Almost all types of exercise can worsen the condition if there is inflammation of the joints. Those people should avoid weight-bearing, forcible movements, and walking as these things loads a lot over the joints.

  4. delaneyworld profile image78
    delaneyworldposted 6 years ago

    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so I face this issue every day.  I have a recumbent bike that is easy to use and is great for sore joints.  Pools are a fantastic choice if you have access to one.  I unfortunately do not, and when it's warm enough to swim the warm water hurts my joints.  I find that the bike is a great option. 

    I recently visited my doctor and she told me to think about exercise as any movement you make.  It is difficult to exercise when you don't feel good, so try to remember that anything you do counts.  Sit in your chair and move your arms around.  Stand up and sit down a few times.  Do some leg lifts when sitting.  Walk back and forth in your home if you can.  Every little bit counts. 

    Sending you warm thoughts and wishes for feeling good.

  5. puter_dr profile image86
    puter_drposted 6 years ago

    Pools are great as others here say, but if you don't have access to a pool, you can use a chair or bed and bend and stretch your muscles.
    You can use shopping bags and add some type of weight to them if you like.

  6. tribook profile image60
    tribookposted 6 years ago

    Swimming tops the list of lowest impact exercises but I would also recommend stationary bikes and ellipticals.  Depending on the type of joint pain, you may find that one exercise is more comfortable than another.  When I hurt my knee, I found out that cycling was almost as painful as running but the elliptical didn't bother me at all.

  7. shazwellyn profile image56
    shazwellynposted 6 years ago

    What a useful question!  I actually wrote an informative article that should cover this, albeit from the perspective of older people.  However, it would really help people who are overweight with joint pain in much the same way as those suffering with arthritic pain.  The types of exercise I suggest are non weight bareing, so will be perfect.  I hope it helps:

    http://shazwellyn.hubpages.com/hub/Why- … urning-Old

  8. onthegrind profile image83
    onthegrindposted 6 years ago

    An elliptical trainer is a great low-impact way to exercise.  The joint pain will be minimized in comparison to a treadmill or even a bike.  I used to suffer from knee pain and actually found at times that the pain from swimming was pretty bad.

    For the joint pain or arthritis, consider supplements like tart cherry juice and glucosamine.  Pineapple is an excellent way to treat joint inflammation as well.  Most people would be surprised of how much nature can help us.

  9. alphagirl profile image81
    alphagirlposted 6 years ago

    tai chi is the best. It doesn't hurt and there are tremendous benefits.

  10. Josh Lakie profile image55
    Josh Lakieposted 6 years ago

    Exercises with the least resistance are your best bet. I would try things like ellipticals or possibly even a machine bike. Depending on how easily your joints are agitated I would try some workouts that involve stretch bands, those would be better for joints then free weights because they have a smooth pressure throughout when you use them. For cardio activities though I would say your best bet is in the pool. I had a family member who also had joint pain and they had a lot of success just walking, swimming, and running in a pool.

  11. debbie roberts profile image82
    debbie robertsposted 6 years ago

    It would depend on which joints are painful. Elliptical trainers are really low impact and you can get a good work out on them helping to burn a fair few calories. Using a rebounder or mini trampoline is also low impact and fun.

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    MP50posted 6 years ago

    Overweight people are experiencing joint pain because they are simply overweight.

    First thing to do is get your weight down to the correct level for your body type, this can be done by eating less food of course.

    Swimming is an all over body exercise and pain free because your suspended in water, also cycling is good, adjust the pedals on your bicyle so that your knee does not lock out.

    On the down or up sroke, this will put more emphasis on the quad muscle not on the knee joint...:-D

  13. rcrm89 profile image60
    rcrm89posted 6 years ago

    Low impact exercise i.e. rowing, cycling, elliptical trainer, strength training, swimming, boxing, walking.

    Anything involving running, jumping, twisting and turning is best avoided.

  14. Sue Adams profile image96
    Sue Adamsposted 6 years ago

    Improve alignment, mobility, and strength in the affected joint with one or more of these 10 exercises to ease arthritic pain. read more

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    naturalcollagenposted 4 years ago

    strengthen your core is extremely low impact as well as stretching within your pain threshold...combine this with swimming and your overall fitness levels will boost. Also you need to get to the root of the joint pain problem. For me it was cutting out inflammatory foods and eating lots of fresh fruits and veges and especially raw nuts and seeds. I would blend flaxseeds, pistachios, almonds, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and peanuts (unsalted) and sprinkle this onto whatever I am eating morning, noon and night. You feel full and will seriously help also to reduce weight. Additionally I now also take collagen supplements which manage my joint pain relief totally by taking 1-2 collagen capsules a day.
    naturalcollagen.in/blog/2013/11/29/joint-pain-relief/ has good info on this...avoid the pain killers and harmful meds as this does not treat your joint pain symptoms nor help with getting back to a more manageable weight.