Exercise can actually ease joint woes. How so? There’s good and bad joint stress, says physiotherapist Chantal Donnelly. “Good stress promotes bone growth and muscle strength. Bad stress taxes the joints and can cause degeneration.”
Exercise helps protect joints by strengthening the muscles around them, says Joanne Homik, MD, an associate professor in the division of rheumatology at the University of Alberta. It also helps lubricate joints by enhancing the flow of synovial fluid in and out of the cartilage like a dense sponge, keeping things working well.
Try this joint-friendly routine—designed by Donnelly—for stronger knees, hips and shoulders. (If you have chronic joint pain, consult with your doctor about the best exercises for you.)