Losing weight can be a tough job when stiffness and pain from your arthritic knees keep you away from doing any intense or even low-intensity exercise and burn fats and calories. According to some studies, a few extra Kilo Grams can deteriorate the condition of your arthritic knee by putting extra pressure onto knees.
So, what are the alternatives to this situation? Well, in this article we will discuss some of the exercises that have a low impact or no impact over your knee and still can burn fats.
1. Strength Training:
According to experts, as you get older you tend to muscle of your body and accumulate fat content.
An excessive accumulation of fat in your body causes you to be obese and subsequently slows down your calorie-burning mechanism.
It should be noted, that muscle burns more calories than an accumulated fat. Developing muscle also increases your body’s capability to absorb shock protecting your joints, (this way you can benefit your arthritic knee).
Strengthening exercises include lifting weights, using weight machines at the gym, and resistance band training.
2. Water Aerobics
Water aerobics can be a great tool to lose weight and strengthen muscle especially when it comes your arthritic knees.
According to fitness experts, water helps to un-weight your joints and subsequently allows you to move freely devoid of any hard ground surfaces beneath your feet.
Besides, there are some water weights and assistive equipment in the market that can help you to do such low impact exercises. As water has much resistance than air, so doing walking in the water means you are burning more energy than walking on the ground in general.
3. Cycling or Biking
If you hate to run then riding a stationary bike is an excellent available option you can always do.
According to experts, doing at least 30 minutes of cycling 5 times a week can bring remarkable results to your body. A stationary bike also meets the range of motion in your knees, hips, and ankles which is usually affected by arthritis knees.
Now, to take care of your knees, you need to keep the Bike’s resistance moderate and keep varying your speed.
The practice of yoga not only burns your calories but also helps you to lose weight and alleviate inflammation in your knee joints. Experts say- doing yoga on a regular basis can lower your cortisol- a stress hormone that causes weight gain. Practicing of yoga can prevent inflammation in your joints, which further eases your arthritic knees from painful swelling and stiffness.
5. Tai Chi
According to a recent study, a fact came forward that tai chi can specifically reduce the pain and physical impairment of people with severe knee osteoarthritis. Tai Chi offers a way to burn calories as well as is a great way to incorporate a wide range of motion, strengthening, balancing motion all of which around arthritis knees.