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Easy Bodyweight Exercises to Reduce Joint Pain

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 When you suffer from joint pain or stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or other inflammatory conditions, exercise often feels too burdensome.  However, staying active while managing joint pain is important to help ease discomfort and enhance overall well-being.  Exercise and activity are proven ways to reduce the pain of deteriorating joints.  Stronger muscles around joints are needed to lessen pain associated with them.


Exercise also helps promote synovial fluid circulation, a lubricating fluid inside joints that helps keep them flexible. This fluid acts as a cushion for joints and thickens in colder temperatures making joints feel stiffer in the autumn and winter. 


Bodyweight exercises are a low-impact way to keep moving and get your heart pumping, boost circulation, and nourish the synovial membrane. This gentle movement routine also flushes cellular waste from the body and offers many other health benefits.

Bodyweight Exercises

No special equipment or gym membership is needed to perform these exercises which use your body weight as resistance. It’s a reliable, easy way to strengthen your muscles and manage joint pain in as little as 10 minutes daily. 

Other benefits include:

  • Pain reduction
  • Improved balance
  • Increased flexibility and endurance
  • Minimize joint stress while exercising
  • Stabilize the muscles surrounding the joints

Here are 5 simple bodyweight exercises to promote joint health, tame inflammation, and facilitate a more active and pain-free lifestyle. Perform two sets of 8-12 reps up to two times daily.  It goes without saying that you should check with your treating physician prior to starting any exercise routine. Start with a few of these exercises and remember to do some gentle stretches or a brisk walk as a warm-up.

Wall Push-Up

With your hands shoulder-width apart, press your body against the wall and do a push-up. This gentle exercise strengthens the chest, shoulders, and arms without straining the joints.

Calf Raises

Stand on a flat surface with your feet hip-width apart. Hold onto a countertop or balance bar for support. Raise your heels as high as possible and lower back down. Strengthens and stretches calf muscles and improves ankle stability.

Arm Circles

This easy exercise can be done sitting or standing. It helps improve the range of motion in the shoulders and boosts circulation. Stretch your arms straight out to the sides, make small circles, and gradually increase the size of the circles as tolerated.

Partial Squats

Standing with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees slightly, and perform a shallow squat. Hold for 30 seconds or as long as tolerated, and rise back to standing. Helps stabilize the knee joint and strengthens the quadriceps muscles.

Glute Bridges

On a firm surface, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips off the ground and squeeze your glutes for five seconds, repeat. Perform regularly to strengthen the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back muscles.

Joint Health Supplements

Dr. Meredith Warner’s complete supplement line features an array of products for enhanced daily living. Here are a few of her hand-selected choices for optimal joint health.

Super Omega-3 Softgels: 

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for overall wellness. Fatty fish such as salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts are all good sources of Omega-3. But we rarely get enough of this powerhouse anti-inflammatory through diet alone.

Supplementing with Omega-3 helps combat low-grade inflammation, and relieve joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. It touts the added benefits of boosting blood flow to the brain, staving off age-related cognitive issues, and improving mental outlook.

Joint Health Multi:

This unique, highly absorbable formula contains the most effective and scientifically backed pain and inflammation-fighting ingredients such as Tumeric and Ginger Root Extract. It also includes PEA (palmitoylethanolamide) , a natural pain-relieving fatty acid that our bodies make. Scientific studies revealed its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective qualities. 

Joint Health Multi is an alternative to NSAIDs that can damage the liver and stomach lining. It eases joint pain and inflammation and increases mobility with activities of daily living.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation