We are always told how amazing it is to exercise and stay healthy, and that makes total sense, unless you struggle with high impact and intense workouts. The beauty of exercise and fitness is that it is for everyone, even if it doesn’t seem that way. Low impact exercise is super effective for those who can’t manage boxing, running and aerobics. Every now and then, it’s nice to give your body a break and just rest. That doesn’t mean grabbing a hot drink and curling up on the sofa, it just means doing something that’s a little bit lighter on the legs.
You may get told you cannot ‘spot reduce’ your exercise, but you can still concentrate on an all-over workout with the aim to reduce the areas you don’t like. You can blast your belly and love your legs with more than high impact workouts, and with these low impact ideas you can feel secure in the knowledge that you are still getting heart-healthy and fit.
Walking: Unless you are a heavy driver, you likely walk everywhere. Getting invested in a great playlist and pair of running shoes can be a stress-free way to get your body moving and if strolling is too easy, how about swapping to a hike? Nature is the best place to be to work out as the terrain is different to the flat surface of a treadmill. Your legs will thank you for this, as walking is kind on your joints.
Cycling: Take off the training wheels and incorporate cycling in with your daily routine. If you’re cycling to work, make sure you have the right safety equipment and bicycle insurance so that you are covered in case of an accident or theft. It’s different to cycling in the gym as you have to be aware of where you leave your bike, but you can get such a good workout cycling to and from work every day. Toning your thighs on the morning commute just got easier!
Tai-Chi: Low impact and improves flexibility, Tai-Chi’s fluid movements have a warming effect on the muscles and can mean you are stretching and burning calories while you work out. This gentle, relaxing workout can actually help with any ailments like headaches, so find your nearest class and sign up!
Rock Climbing: It sounds like it would be high impact, but the whole point of climbing is to take your time, stop and think about where you are going to move next. Your muscles get an unbelievable workout with these slow, controlled movements and you don’t strain them. It’s also so much fun and the adrenaline rush you get from climbing can make you feel like you are on top of the world!
Yoga: Similar in gentleness to Tai-Chi, yoga has you feeling the workout without putting strain on your muscles. It’s an ancient practice that’ll strengthen your core and the deliberate movements will have you toning your whole body.
Low impact doesn’t mean no impact, so pick and choose your workouts wisely and you’ll be in top shape in no time at all.