A great exercise shouldn’t just be just for people in perfect health. Old and young, healthy or recovering, the joy of working out is for everyone. So what do you do when joints start aching and working out is no longer enjoyable? Change your gear and stay in the game. Aching knees are very common among adults and these 5 types of exercise machines will help make working out fun again. Each of these machines comes in several styles for your needs and your budget.
- Riding Stationary Exercise Bikes is low impact and provides a great cardio workout. Biking also strengthens the muscles that support the knee. If done consistently, knee pain will diminish while doing every day tasks as well.
- Elliptical Machines are durable, quiet, and offer low impact workouts for the legs and knees while still working several other key muscle groups. Elliptical trainers are fun with very little stress on the knees.
- Abdominal Equipment including abdominal benches, upper & lower abdominal exercise machines, and the classic abdominal wheel are not only low impact, but also help strengthen your core muscle group. A strong and healthy core is essential to any long-term exercise program and this type of equipment will help you get there.
- Stair Steppers & Climbers may not seem like an obvious choice for someone with aching knees; however, done properly at an appropriate pace for your fitness level, steppers can strengthen areas around the knee, which may help reduce or eliminate knee pain in other daily activities. Stair climbers are also low impact and great for the heart.
- Rowing Machines provide a terrific full-body cardio workout and won’t overstress your knees and joints. Done properly and at the appropriate fitness level for your needs, rowing also helps strengthen the upper body and lower back.
Before deciding on what exercise machine is best for you, as well as the safe and proper use of the machine, please consult your physician and/our licensed fitness professional. Lastly, the most common mistake when getting back into shape is doing too much too soon. So pace yourself, listen to your professionals, and have fun working out again!