I get joint and muscle problems (from spending far too long not being active, aging, desk job, etc.). Though I'm not a fan of power yoga or the like yet, I do enjoy the gentle versions on a DVD that I have called "Yoga: Gentle Practice" by Zyrka Landwijt, which I got on Amazon. There are no bendy pretzel poses, unless you do the longer workouts. It's very relaxing and very mild, and it's definitely help stretch me out and I experience a lot less stiffness in my muscles and joints. I sometimes do it after working out or after a hot bath. It helps with basic stretching and strengthening.
I also do the Walk Away the Pounds lately, so as not to hurt myself too much. I can handle high-impact or things like Zumba, but don't care for the jarring--at least until I get into better shape. The movements are easy and very low-impact, but has you moving quickly. I agree, though, swimming is the way to go if you can do it; I don't live near a pool though.
Another thing to consider, aside from getting checked up by your doctor, is maybe supplements. Glucosamine, chondroitin, Hyaluronic acid, and MSM really help me (ha, and my dog) when it comes to joints. I find liquid works best, even if the idea is a bit foul. Some people also take their Omega-3s. It takes a while to work, about a few weeks, but I definitely notice a difference if I don't take it for a while, though I try to take it a few days a week. Calcium, a change in diet, and other vitamins help, too, of course.
| Pounds lost: 4.0