What kind of exercise is the least stressful on joints?

Aquatic exercise is the best exercise for reducing joint stress. Aquatic exercise includes any of the following:

  • swimming
  • stretching
  • strengthening exercises
  • water aerobics.
Water adds a therapeutic effect and, provides resistance in all directions and decreases weight bearing stress on bones and joints. Aquatic exercise is often prescribed for medical conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal pain, or after surgery. Depending on how deep the water is you can reduce body weight load by 90% saving the joints undue stress.

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