Exercise to keep your joints flexible and strong

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. Exercise improves improve joint strength. It can also help you lose weight, which takes pressure off aching joints. If you have any joint issues, ask your doctor before you start a new exercise program so you know what you can do safely

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  • 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.