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5 Strength Training Moves That Don’t Stress Your Joints

Trust me… I know how discouraging it can be when you have a desire to move more and exercise, but your body just won’t cooperate.

As a plus-size fitness expert, I have a philosophy: Don’t wait on your weight—you can live a fabulous life at any size. After spending years as a dancer and creating workout videos on YouTube, I’ve explored all types of exercise and figured out how to make them work for my body. I get emails every day from women who want to get healthy. The number one question: “How can I get fit with bad knees?”

When my body was at a higher weight, I too had sore joints that made certain exercises uncomfortable or impossible. I had to work my way up to completing different workouts and discovered many modifications to avoid joint stress.

Having weak or sore knees might get in the way of our health goals, but I never want anyone to feel discouraged. In my experience, there are adaptations for almost everything! When I modified my workouts, I was still able to get the results I was looking for, and eventually I didn’t need as many changes to avoid joint stress.

Here are simple exercises that you can do at home.

Work It Out:  Combine these exercises for a full-body workout at home. Simply complete the recommended number of reps of each exercise before moving on to the next. When you have finished all five exercises, that’s one set. Complete one to three sets total.

Check out my blog for more body-positive fitness advice and a full download of my workout video: “How to Get Fit With Bad Knees.” Photography by Oliver Baker

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