Motivation, time, know-how. There are enough challenges when it comes to exercising without adding in the element of achy joints. For those who are just getting back into exercise after a long break, whether it be a month, a year, or five years, it can be a double whammy of disappointment. There is generally a fair amount of weight that has been gained during the break period, and all that extra weight puts substantially more pressure on joints when running or weight training begins. This can cause lots of pain and de-motivation when it comes to pushing through the first few weeks of starting an exercise regimen. Luckily there are lots of fun, low impact cardio options when it comes to losing weight and exercising.
Poolin around (not JUST swimming)
The pool is a great place to workout, burn calories, and keep pressure off your joints while doing so. Obviously swimming is a great option when it comes to exercising in the pool. Swimming provides great cardio and is nearly a complete body workout. There are many other pool options though when it comes to water exercise. Many community pool centers will offer water aerobics classes, inner-tube water polo, or similar water sports that allow you to have fun and exercise all at the same time.
Spinning those wheels
Road bicycles and stationary bicycles offer a great cardio workout without the high impact consequences that come from jogging. For those who don’t like the crowded gym scene, exercise bikes can be found at relatively inexpensive prices and can easily fit in a living room or home office. A close cousin of the exercise bike is the elliptical machine. Elliptical machines have been designed specifically for those with joint issues and combine the cardio benefit of running with the low impact aspect of a bicycle. Although generally more expensive than a stationary bike, ellipticals have been shown to be a great way to mimic the running motion without the accompanying joint discomfort of running.
Essential Oils that can help
Even after adding a low impact exercise into your health routine, joints can still be sore, stiff, and bothersome. There are many essential oils that may be able to help. Here are a few recipes to get you started!
- Joint Blend No. 1*
- 10 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
- 5 drops Marjoram
- 5 drops Idaho Blue Spruce
- 2 drops Rosemary
- Joint Blend No. 2*
- 7 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
- 4 drops Wintergreen
- 3 drops Vetiver
- 2 drops Chamomile
*The above recipes were taken from page 627 of the 6th Edition Essential Oils Desk Reference