- Swimming, walking, cycling, jogging, running and weight training can help.
- If you have some mild muscle soreness after you start a new exercise, that’s normal. In case of lasting pain, see your doctor.
“It is recommended that 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise must be undertaken 5-6 days per week to stay healthy. This includes walking, cycling, swimming or running. Any other activity like weight training, and pranayama should be additional to this exercise, not a substitute,” said Dr Nihar Mehta, Consultant Cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre.
While almost all branches of experts agree on the need to exercise regularly, orthopaedic experts call it a ‘mandate’ practise for their knees especially.
“I recommend strengthening of muscles and joints for obesity or even those who are overweight. Swimming is the best therapy. If you can’t swim, I recommend walking in water. In the west, we even have anti-gravity treadmills that help a lot. Activities like swimming, walking, jogging, cycling are the best of exercises,” said Dr Miten Sheth, consulting Orthopaedic Surgeon in North Mumbai as well as member of Bombay Orthopaedic Society.