3 years ago1,000+ Views
Joint issues can affect a lot of people, for several different reasons. Certain workouts may actually make your joint pain worse. Before I had started working out, walking -- especially uphill caused some knee pain. Also, workouts like jogging on concrete gave me some discomfort, as well.
There are definitely other exercises you can do that will burn calories, build strength, reverse joint issues -- without the grueling pain.

The Arc Trainer

This sort of looks like the elliptical, but the movement is a bit different. For the arch trainer, it has more of a gliding motion. Also, the movements are more flexible. You may adjust the machine so you can have a short range of motion, or be able to have a greater range of motion. You can also mimic high-knees (or climb) on this machine. Again, it's low impact, so it should not have an impact on your joints. It has also been argued that the arc trainer burns more calories than the elliptical! Give it a try! I think you'll fall in love with it.
I personally had never been a fan of cardio, mostly because a of the high impact and much it hurt the way it shouldn't -- but when I hopped onto the arc trainer, I discovered that I can love cardio in different ways. I've felt like I had more of of a productive workout with the arc trainer, than a consistent-pace jog or even from using the elliptical machine.

Get 'em, tiger!

@alywoah ahhh thanks for the quick response haha. I guess I was just feeling really lazy and wanted to do everything (core + cardio) in one go especially after hearing the machine was low impact and more productive than an elliptical :(
If you can mimic the high knees motion, could it work as an ab exercise?
Haha I feel you. But I'd be lying if I had the answer about the ab thing lol. Generally, most workouts do involve the core, but ehhh it just depends at what level, and how you're performing the workout. Hill sprints are definitely like perfeccttt for abs. @mchlyang
Oooh...that's a very good question. I would imagine that the exercise does involve the core, but I don't know if it's enough to really make an impact. I think if you're not leaning on the machine for stability while you're performing the exercise, and you think about really involving your core -- it could possibly work as an ab exercise @mchlyang