The Benefits of Low Impact Exercise

low impact woman cyclingLow impact does not mean “low-benefit”. There are so many good things that come from being gentle on your body while you train.  Most people want to keep active, but factors such as age or injury can prevent people from fully participating in the more traditional forms of exercise. Running, jumping rope, playing tennis; these are all examples of high impact exercise. Unfortunately, over time these movements put quite of bit of stress on one’s joints. Low impact exercises are movements designed to put little or no harmful stress on the body. Even if your body can handle the strain of high impact activities, your body needs occasional breaks from all the stress of those high impact moves. Still, the need to stay physically active remains. Fortunately, low impact exercise is still an option that produces some significant health benefits.

Low Impact Means Less Stress On The Body

Low impact exercise minimizes the stress placed on the knees, hips, ankles, and back. These put less overall strain on the body while still improving cardiovascular health and increasing muscular strength. You don’t have to run or play a high-intensity sport to get your heart rate up and burn calories. Plenty of low impact options are out there. It’s a matter of finding one (or more) that you enjoy. Because, after all, if you hate what your exercise routine; you’re probably not going to keep up with it.  If you’re an athlete recovering from an injury, you can remain active with exercises that are gentler on your healing joints. If you’re like me and have arthritis, it is crucial to find some form of cardio that helps protect your body from any further damage.

You Can Get a Great Workout And Still Go Low Impact

There are so many choices when it comes to choosing an exercise program that will maintain or improve your health. Some great options include; swimming, yoga, walking, an elliptical, and my favorite; cycling. Many consider biking as one of the more enjoyable options of working out that put little stress on their joints. Cycling outdoors can be an invigorating way to enjoy the world around you while getting a great cardiovascular workout, but cycling indoors is also a great way to work up a sweat without leaving the comfort of your home. Whether you want to cycle indoor or outdoor, both can help anyone build endurance, strength, and overall health.

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Whether you’re looking for a workout to maintain your health during an injury or other chronic condition or you’re looking for a break from your usual high impact exercises, lower impact exercise is a great way to stay healthy and prevent injury to your joints. Consult with a personal trainer or gym employee for other types of exercise that go a little bit easier on your body.

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