High intensity exercise is a great way to burn calories and lose weight. But high impact exercise, like running and jumping, can take a toll on the hips and knees. Repetitive force can cause damage to the joints, tendons and muscles, especially for people who have previously had surgery.
Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to give your body a break from all that force. You can add some variety into your workout routine, as well as prevent injuries, with exercises that are both low-impact and high-energy.
Here are 10 low-impact workouts to try today:
Even if it’s just around the block, walking is a great way to get moving with less impact than running or jogging. Try incorporating walking into a daily routine. Park a little farther than usual, do errands by foot, or march in place while watching TV – all those steps add up throughout the day! For more intensity, walk up and down hills or add weights to get the heart rate up.
Elliptical workouts are easier on the knees than the treadmill. Not interesting enough? Hop on the elliptical while watching TV, or try shorter interval workouts.
Stairs are a great way to get the heart pumping. Any old set of stairs will do. Otherwise, a StairMaster will also do the trick.
There are many benefits to strength training, including building muscle, increasing flexibility, and speeding up metabolism. Additionally, strength training works up a sweat without high impact.
Riding a bike or a stationary cycling machine is a great way to get exercise without straining the joints. Try a 30 minute cycling workout to give your body an energy boost.
Yoga is more than just stretching. It builds strength, flexibility and can even be a fantastic stress reliever. Yoga can get the heart pumping too, without pain in the joints. For an added kick, work up a sweat with hot yoga.
Pilates is another great way to get a strong core and improve flexibility, as well as get a good workout without hurting the knees.
Take the weight of gravity off the knees by working out in water instead. Doing laps provides a lot of benefits, from burning calories to strengthening the shoulders to improve lung function.
Ballroom dancing can be a fun way to get exercise, save the joints, and feel sexy at the same time! Additionally, low-impact aerobic dancing is another great option for getting moving to a beat.
Swinging the club and walking the course are great ways to get moving. Might be best to skip riding the golf cart for this one.
These low-impact workouts can help keep the body in shape and the mind active – not to mention they are pretty fun! Have another favorite low-impact workout? Share with us in the comments below.