In general terms, if at least one foot stays on the ground, the exercise is termed low-impact.
Low-impact exercises are particularly suitable for:
- Those who suffer from osteoporosis or arthritis
- The obese
- Pregnant women
- Older adults
- People with joint, bone or connective tissue injuries
Swimming, cycling and using an elliptical machine all have the same benefits of low-impact and are sometimes termed no-impact.
In terms of calorie burn, intensity and fitness-tracking, high-impact and low-impact exercises have about the same effect.
If you fall into any of the above categories, read on for some smart ways to work out hard without being hard on your joints.
Both regular cycling and the exercise bike are powerful ways of keeping fit while delivering no stress to your joints.
If you are just starting out, a recumbent bike offers still further back support.
The most important factor with cycling is intensity. If you ramp up the pace, cycling is a superb method to help with weight loss.
If you dislike the solitary nature of cycling, either go with a friend or perhaps join a group class. Beware, though: these classes can be quite energetic so make sure to stay within your limits.
Although strictly known as no-impact, swimming is the most complete exercise and also among the kindest on the body.
Since you make use of all the muscle groups when swimming, you can tone and slim your entire body without damaging it in any way.
For those who enjoy the community of a group workout, water aerobic classes are a popular choice.
Don’t confuse low-impact exercise with not burning up the calories. Swimming can be a very vigorous cardio workout it’s just easy on the body with the cushion of water everywhere.
For those of you with back problems of any type at all, using an inversion table is a novel way to keep active even if you are not in perfect condition.
Gravity places significant pressure on the body so those suffering with back trouble find that these handy machines where you hang upside down combats this.
You can enjoy improved posture and boosted circulation without aggravating your existing problem: win-win.
An ancient form of exercise focusing on flexibility, strength and breathing to enhance your mental and physical wellbeing, yoga is also a friend to those with a dislike for pounding the pavement.
Yoga should be considered as more of a strength-training exercise than a fat-burning one.
As well as the immediate health benefits, some yoga practitioners point to the way yoga helps some people with joint pain, lower back issues and even depression.
If you want to stay fit and limber without overexerting yourself, take a look at some yoga classes.
Working out is useless if you inflict harm on your joints and bones.
Stay safe and choose one of these low-impact alternatives.