The temperature is rising, and picnic season has officially arrived. Summer is a great time to spend more time outdoors, whether you’re alone or bringing your family along. If you’re dealing with painful joints, don’t let discomfort force you to sit on the sidelines. Fortunately, you don’t have to miss out on outdoor activities and warmer weather. These five summer activities are easy on your joints, while offering added health and fitness benefits.
1. Take a Walking Tour
Walking is a joint-friendly exercise that helps boost your calorie burn and improves heart health. Cardiovascular exercise also transforms your mood, thanks to “feel good” hormones produced by the body, called endorphins. What’s more, research suggests that people who stay active have less painful joints compared to people who remain inactive. Consider walking with a buddy for added enjoyment and accountability. You don’t have to log several miles to reap the benefits of walking. Just aim for a consistent walking schedule and increase your distance based on how your joints tolerate the new activity.
2. Enjoy a Swim or Water Park
Swimming is a joint-friendly exercise that is known for its calorie burning and cardiovascular health benefits, all while being easy on your joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, water’s buoyancy reduces the impact on your joints. If you’re not a swimmer, consider swim walking. Working out in water also improves your balance and range of motion. Need another reason to hit the pool? Heated pools (typically heated to 82-88 degrees) may help reduce your joint pain, too. If you want to get the kids involved, a water park is another option. Many water parks also offer a pool area for adults.
3. Go Fruit or Vegetable Picking
Summertime is the perfect season to visit a farmer’s market or to pick fruit or vegetables that are in season. Not only will you enjoy a leisurely walk and burn calories, you’ll be buying fresh, whole foods -- the foundation of a healthy diet. Look for farmer’s markets in your community or choose a wine tasting tour or berry picking adventure if you want to bring the family.
4. Get Flexible With Yoga
Engaging in low impact exercises such as yoga, Pilates, swimming, walking, or bicycling can help you ease into more activity. Yoga is an excellent way for people with arthritis and painful joints to get a healthy workout. Yoga benefits you in many ways, including offering a great way to relieve stress. Yoga also helps you with balance, flexibility, and building strong bones and muscles.
5. Enjoy Joint-Friendly Golf
Take a trip to the green fairway for an easy-on-the-joints workout that people of all ages can enjoy. This joint-friendly sport improves your balance, strength, and flexibility in an outdoor atmosphere. And if you want to boost your cardio, remember to say “no” to the golf cart and walk the course instead of riding in the cart. Remember, you don’t have to be an expert golfer to enjoy the game. Many people choose to have an introductory golf lesson just to master the basic rules of the game.
Contact the Flexogenix Team
Summer activities do more for you than keep you busy. You can improve your stamina, boost your cardiovascular health, and burn calories throughout the day simply by adopting a consistent exercise routine.
Remember, if you have joint pain, there is always something you can do to feel better. You can find relief from joint pain without risky and expensive surgery. Contact the experts at Flexogenix and make an appointment for a free consultation. The Flexogenix team will offer resources to support you in your mission to take charge of your joint health.