Low Impact Exercise

There are times when we shouldn’t take part in activities that cause strong impacts within the body. If you are pregnant women, suffering from joint, bone or connective tissue injuries, illnesses such as arthritis, osteoporosis or stress fractures, if you are heavily overweight or if you are simply not used to exercising (because you have never done it or because you are out of practice or recovering from a serious injury) then you should look for another option.

If you fit into one of the groups above perhaps you should give one of the low impact activities listed below a try.

I know that some of the readers of this blog might forget sometimes but running isn’t the only sport that exists!

Low impact exercise

Walking is by far the most popular low-impact exercise that works the cardiovascular system and burns calories. To get your heart rate up, walk faster or incorporate hills into your route.

Step aerobics
Step aerobics is great if you like choreographed exercise but can’t deal with movements that produce impacts. Stepping onto an elevated platform means that you can get your heart rate up without doing any jumping.

Cross trainer machines provide excellent aerobic conditioning and can improve muscle strength. They use most of the muscles of the body and burn calories at a high rate. They’re great for all-round fitness.

Cycling is a low-impact activity, but you can still injure yourself if you have the wrong size bike or the saddle and handlebars are at the wrong height. Cycling is an aerobic exercise that works your lower body and cardiovascular system. Start slowly and increase the length of your cycling sessions gradually.

Swimming works the whole body. It’s a great way to tone up and get trim. Swimming a few lengths involves most of the muscle groups and, if you increase the pace, you’ll get a good aerobic workout.

Pilates focuses on rebalancing the body and improving posture through slow, controlled movements and exercises: It especially good for pregnant woman as it can be used to help to prepare the body for stresses of labour.

Yoga can improve both your physical fitness and your general wellbeing, through a series of postures and breathing exercises. Regular yoga practice helps to develop strength, balance and flexibility and can even improve your mood.

All of these activities are magnificent but don’t forget that if you haven’t tried them before it is important that you work with a monitor or trainer, at least the first few times.

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