Oct 20, 2014 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Exercise may not sound appealing to people who suffer from chronic joint pain, but it is important to stay active. “Moderate-intensity, low-impact physical activity reduces pain and improves functionality, mood and quality of life without worsening symptoms,” says Erin N. Probert, DPT, a physical therapist at University of Utah Health. Walking, swimming and cycling are known for being easy on the joints. Here are four other activities that also rank high on the list. 

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Joint Friendly Exercises


Take advantage of the dozens of trails within a few miles of Salt Lake City, and hike your way to healthier joints. Start with short, flat trails, then work up to longer or steeper ones.


From the fox trot to Zumba, dancing is a low-impact, joint-friendly exercise perfect for any age. Kicking up your heels is also a great way to relieve stress and improve balance, coordination and memory.

Rock climbing

Boulder your way to better joints. Climbing is a total body workout that improves flexibility, strength and coordination. Enjoy it in a climbing gym or outdoors, but get proper training before you hit the terrain.


Find your Zen and improve flexibility, strength and range of motion with yoga. This low-impact workout is perfect for any skill level. Yoga may lower blood pressure, reduce stress and improve overall health.

Ready for Relief?

This infographic provides tips for soothing joint pain. If pain limits your mobility and quality of life, joint replacement surgery may be right for you. Jeremy Gililland, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at University of Utah Health Care, explains in this Ask the Expert video

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