October 19 2018
Pain is a useful tool that lets us know when we need to stop or avoid doing something. Unfortunately, it can also be a persistent feeling that never seems to go away completely thanks to an accident, a disease, or an aging body. This sort of pain makes it hard to concentrate on other things, and it can stop you from doing things you enjoy even if doing those things wouldn’t make your condition worse.
Staying active and exercising regularly is important to staying healthy no matter what your age or condition is, but chronic pains like arthritis and back troubles can create a barrier that’s hard to cross. Fortunately, there are a lot of different kinds of exercise out there and many of them are much easier on someone who has joint pains or trouble standing up. So if you want to keep being an active adult, consider one of the exercises on this list.
Swimming has the advantage of being a zero-impact exercise. The water helps support your weight and soaks into your joints, and even if your bones are weak you won’t have to worry about anything rattling them. The different strokes and water activities let you choose how active you want to be, so the only real downside is needing to find a pool where you can swim.
2. Tai Chi
Tai Chi started out as a kind of Chinese martial art, but these days you can find plenty of classes where you can learn and practice the smooth, flowing forms purely as a way to exercise. Tai Chi isn’t fast-paced or acrobatic, and few moves even raise your hands above your head, so the exercise is great for people with limited mobility or bone strength.
Walking is simple, unstructured, and you can do it just about anywhere. Not every active adult can walk without problems, but for those who can it helps with heart strength, burning calories, and keeping your bones strong by being a low-impact exercise. Walking can also be a good way to explore your neighborhood and find new places to visit.
Staying an active adult can be hard if you have chronic pain, but it’s definitely possible if you know what kind of workout you can do with limited mobility or a need for low-impact exercise. Speaking to your doctor can help you pick a good exercise idea, and if you live in a retirement community your activities director probably has some regular exercise classes you can join.