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10 Low Impact Joint-Friendly Forms of Exercise

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If you’ve got bad knees or your hip or ankle joints scream when you exercise, you don’t have to swear off physical activity altogether. You just need to be a little more creative.

For instance, the following ten low impact exercises put less stress on your joints—while simultaneously helping to strengthen joints and build muscle in order to protect weak knees, hips, ankles, and other joint issues…

1. Swimming Laps

Swimming laps is a great, low impact exercise if you have bad joints or are carrying excess weight. You’re virtually weightless in the water, almost your entire body weight supported, meaning you can enjoy a vigorous swim and burn calories without the post-joint pain.

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