The August 31, 2010 edition of The Wall Street Journal reports on new workout gear for the home that is easy on the joints. This is great news to those who like to exercise at home or cannot afford gym membership, and to the millions of baby boomers who may be nursing joint injuries from years of high-intensity workouts. The most successful sales in fitness equipment are for products in the $200 range. Best of all much of the workout gear are compact and portable. Adam Campbell, author of The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises, writes that “the trend in exercising is to go with less.”
Low Impact Workouts Go Easy on the Joints
Exercise protects joints by strengthening the muscles around them, and strong muscles keep your joints from rubbing against one another, wearing down cartilage. Years ago, the fitness craze was all about high-impact moves and long duration workouts, with the knees absorbing all the pounding and stress. Today, good body mechanics, equipment that supports the body’s natural range of motion and core exercises are being touted as the best ways to stay fit, protect ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Best of all, good results can be had by exercising at home, although it is important to make sure that you learn the proper form for any new piece of fitness equipment. As always, check with your physician before beginning any type of new workout exercise program.
Equipment That Maintains Joint Integrity
Create your own home gym with these space-saving, affordable fitness products featured in The WSJ article. Some experts may argue that you cannot get an effective workout from a home gym, however with the right equipment, discipline and commitment you can add a variety of fitness routines to keep you motivated:
• Elliptigo. Run without impact on this fitness device that combines elliptical training, cycling and running in one motion.
• Kettlebells. Enjoy fat burning, body building exercise in as little as 12 minutes a day.
• TRX Suspension Trainer. Use your own body weight for resistance training and then pack it away in a small box after exercising.
• Perfect Situp. A mat that supports all the important joints and lets you know when the exercise is done correctly.
• Dumbbells. Custom weights for every workout. These adjustable weight dumbbells provide the workout of 17 different sets of weights.
Exercise. Workout. Get Moving
Joints are intended to move. When you have a sore joint and rest it for too long, the muscles that support that joint will slowly weaken and the tendons that attach the muscle to the bone will become less elastic. That adds up to more pain and stiffness. If you suffer from joint pain, discuss the exercises that might fit into your treatment plan and tell him about the fitness equipment you may consider using.