What is the best fitness plan for a very bad knee?

July 13, 2011 by  
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Question by heliumcamel: What is the best fitness plan for a very bad knee?
I am overweight, losing, with no fitness plan at present. I hate walking, and my knee swells from arthritis when I walk for any extended period of time. So for every 30 minutes I walk (even in a mall shopping) I spend an hour with my knee elevated and iced. I would appreciate any suggestions. I am in my early 50’s.


Best answer:

Answer by murse dan
Swimming is very low impact, good for bad knees and gives resistance. Also, look into seeing if your gym has an underwater aerobics class you can attend.

Biking is also equally good.

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One Response to “What is the best fitness plan for a very bad knee?”
  1. laurengyitis says:

    It’s great that you want to start a fitness plan! Studies have shown that regular exercise helps alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.

    You should first discuss this with your doctor or physical therapist and see if they have any suggestions or precautions for you. They know your physical condition best and they will be able to guide you.

    You should see if your local YMCA or recreation center offers aqua fitness classes. Many pools have classes in water aerobics and water yoga that are just excellent for people with bad joints. There will be very little strain on your knee because you’re weightless underwater.

    Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you.

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