You know that exercise is good for you, but you’re never going to want to run a marathon or skip rope. You want – or need – low-impact exercise. Here are 5 ways to get the most from a low impact routine.
1. Walking. It’s one of the stress-free, low-impact ways to help you get the exercise you need and want. Is the weather beautiful? Take a walk around the park. Like going to the gym? Use their treadmills or walking path. You can walk just about anywhere, but you want to get the most out of that walk. It’s easy to add more intensity (more calorie burning). First, you can simply walk faster or add short bursts of quicker walking. Another boost is using your arms. If you’re on a treadmill, let go! Walk with your arms swinging and you’ve added intensity. Try a hill — make it a gentle incline if you’re just starting out. You can set that treadmill for an uphill climb that’s just right for you. Use these tips and you can get more from your walk!
2. Get Wet. Swimming is a great low impact exercise. By changing your strokes, you can add intensity and variety to your swim. But, there’s another way to use the water. It adds resistance to your workout without putting added stress on your joints. Hold on to the side and kick. Walk fast in water in the shallow end of the pool. Do any common exercise in the water and that resistance will make it more intense in a low-impact way.
3. Yoga. It looks so gentle, but it actually offers a total body workout. If you enjoy yoga, continue to challenge yourself and burn more calories by adding intensity or time. Slightly increase the depth of each pose, hold a pose longer or add some extra time to your whole yoga routine. Keep challenging yourself by trying more advanced poses. You’re using your entire body in a low-impact manner that can give you a great workout while being easier on your joints.
4. Step It Up. If you’ve ever tackled a tall staircase to get to the top of the stadium, you know that walking up a set of stairs gets your heart rate up. Add stairs to your low impact exercises and you’re adding intensity. At the gym, you can jump off the treadmill and do a few minutes on the stair climber. Or, you can find steps on your walking route and add them to your walk. Stair climbing is low impact and a good way to increase that calorie burn and your heart rate.
5. HYPOXI. You may be saying “HY – what?”. This is a low intensity workout that has finally made it to American soil. It’s widely used in other countries. HYPOXI-Training is low impact exercise – like riding a reclining bicycle or walking on a treadmill. But, they do something more for you – something you may not have thought possible. They target common problem areas – hips, thighs, belly and bum – that you thought would never go away. By using compression and vacuum technology, they draw more blood flow to those areas which means you can finally lose weight in those stubborn problem spots while you enjoy a low impact workout. It’s a win-win for you!
No matter what the reason you avoid high intensity exercise, remember you still need exercise to be your healthiest you. Low impact exercise can help you meet your health and weight loss goals. Whether you start taking a daily walk or you try the HYPOXI-Method, you’re going to feel better, be more energetic and toned – and you finally may fit in those skinny jeans in the back of your closet. Now, that’s a very good thing!