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Benefits of Low Impact Exercise

Low impact exercises are, as the name implies, those exercises that have a low impact on your joints and discs. Joint pain is a common problem for people worldwide, particularly athletes. These are a great option for people who want to get exercise without putting too much strain on their bodies. Some trainers describe low impact exercises as activities that always keep at least one foot on the ground, as opposed to high impact exercises that make hard contact with the ground such as running or gymnastics.

Who Can Benefit from Low Impact Exercise?

Low impact exercises are ideal for elderly people, pregnant women, obese people, people with joint pain, or people who want a less intense workout. Just like high impact exercises, these activities have great benefits for your overall health and fitness, including:

  • Increase in strength and endurance
  • Weight loss
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Strength training even while injured
  • Pain management
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Improved mobility and flexibility

In addition to these benefits, low impact exercises can also improve your high impact activities. With improved strength and endurance, you will be able to get more out of the intense exercises that really get your heart rate going.

Low Impact Exercises You Can Start Today

Not sure where to start with low impact exercise? There are several types of low impact exercises to suit people with all types of interests. Keep reading to explore your options:

  • Walking
  • Spinning (indoor bicycle)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Elliptical
  • Squatting
  • Lunging
  • Skating
  • Planking
  • Rowing
  • Core Strengthening Exercises

**Proper technique is crucial to prevent injury and achieve optimal results**

Talk to your doctor before starting a new workout routine, especially if you are pregnant or have another medical condition. Low impact exercises are easier on the body than high impact activities, but they still take a physical toll.

Learn More About the Benefits of Low Impact Exercise

The knowledgeable orthopedic experts at Comprehensive Spine Institute can help you get started on a new low impact exercise routine. We can tell you more about the benefits of different exercises and help you create a routine that suits your preferences. We work closely with all of our patients to create a more personalized care experience.

Schedule your appointment at Comprehensive Spine Institute today by calling (727) 300-2537.