Are you in need of low-impact exercise? Whether it’s because you want to give your joints a little break, you’re nursing an injury and just getting back into the game, or you’re looking for something a little mellow, low-impact exercise can really make you sweat.
Why do I love low-impact exercise? Because these activities feel sustainable to me. My dream for when I’m in my 60s, 70s, even 80s is to be able to do most if not all of these activities to keep myself moving and in shape.
So here we go with my favourite kinds of low-impact exercise!
This is a classic rest day activity, isn’t it? But the cool thing about yoga is that there are so many varieties that you can have a stretch and balance focussed rest day session, or you can get sweaty with some real muscle-demanding flows. Either way, there’s no jumping or heavy hitting in this workout.
It’s like going for a run, but low-impact! I love going for a bike ride for taking in some beautiful scenery around my city, but it’s also a great way to get a cardio workout. As someone who wishes she could run more often, but just can’t seem to get into it, bike rides are a great alternative.
Love me some walking! This is pretty much as functional as it gets with working out! The ability to walk is something I will try to hold onto for as long as I live! In the meantime, it’s an easy enough habit to keep up. You can take a stroll down the park paths in your city or town. Go for a nature hike at your regional park. Be a tourist and meander downtown on foot. You’ll reach 10,000 steps in no time. Just make sure you have good shoes, okay?
I know, I know, you’re either totally on board with this one or you’re keeping your feet firmly planted on solid ground.
Swimming for a workout can seem like a lot of work: putting on your swim suit, tying up your hair, wet swim suit struggles, washing and brushing out chlorine hair – I know. But it’s so worth it! Swimming is just about zero impact and is so friendly on your joints. It’s crazy intense cardio training because it forces you to coordinate your breathing with your movement. (Sometimes I feel pretty dramatic fighting for that sweet oxygen, and then I think about how chill it is on the pool deck. Do you think the lifeguards are secretly laughing at our awkward gasping?) But also!! There’s cool equipment for focussing on just your upper or lower body, so workouts are more than just alternating between front and back crawl.
There are definitely other kinds of low-impact fitness exercise out there, but these are just my favourites. Have you tried out any of these activities? Is there a low-impact exercise activity I need to try? Let me know in the comments!
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