Which Sports Are Easiest On The Joints?
Posted by Nancy on September 27, 2013
We’re fortunate that in the world of sports there are so many options from which to choose. There are dozens of choices when it comes to what type of physical activity is best suited to you. You may be one of the thousands who enjoy spiking a ball over the volleyball net against your opponents or perhaps you belong to the large community of cyclists who are visible in most communities in their brightly colored cycling jerseys. The list is long on a variety of sporting activities available. While all of these activities may be considered enjoyable they are not all equally kind to the joints of our bodies. Those activities which produce the most impact on the joints would be stair climbing, kickboxing, and tennis. Running comes in next. Obviously, there are many people who enjoy these sports and who participate in them enthusiastically and there is no reason why they should not continue to do so. If, however, they experience pain associated with their physical activities they may want to limit how much time they devote to these activities. If you are an avid runner and have begun to notice increased pain after your workouts it may be wise to limit your running to 2-3 times weekly rather than daily. You could substitute other physical activities on the other days which are far less demanding on the joints of your body such as biking or walking. If you want a really good over-all workout which will not stress your joints you may want to look into swimming which is at the end of the spectrum of physical activities which are good for your joints. Low-impact exercises (those that do not involve striking your feet, legs and arms against hard surfaces) are definitely easier on the joints than the high-impact moves. Do not think that you have to give up the sports you love in order to be kind to your body but do be aware of how your body is feeling and resolve to include exercises that will minimize the strain you are experiencing. Perhaps one day could be a workout of high impact intensity and the next you might switch it up and do something of lower impact. That way you can continue doing what you love and take care of your body at the same time.