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Archive for December 10th, 2010

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic Exercise

Ready to pick up the pace?  There are ways to get more out of your low impact exercise.  If after 30 minutes of walking you feel like you are ready for more, try walking with long strides, while moving your arms and shoulders.  If your stationary bike needs a little spice try adding light weights to your ankles.

Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs.  It is performed at a moderate level of intensity for extended periods of time.  Cardiovascular exercise can definitely be achieved at a low-impact level.  You just need to find what makes you sweat without stressing your knees.

If you want the pounds to melt off your body and make your knees feel better bump up your heart rate.  A cardiovascular component to your exercise program is important if you want to seriously treat the pain associated with your knee OA.  If your knees hurt too much to achieve an elevated heart rate and a good sweat, try a knee brace.  A bio-mechanical knee brace can stop your pain and allow you to exercise.