8 Exercises for Weight Loss That Won't Impact the Knees

Exercise to lose weight without hurting your knees.

Losing weight can be difficult when pain and stiffness from arthritic knees keep you from being active and makes it tough to burn calories. Studies suggest carrying a few extra pounds can create added pressure on joints causing further stress to your knees which may hamper your exercise level even more. So what exercises can you do to lose weight without irritating your knees? Let’s explore a few.

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