Exercise should be a part of everyone’s life. Walking, running, tennis, basketball – these are all good exercises people can do so they can stay healthy. However, not all exercises are appropriate for everyone. For people who are elderly, disabled, or perhaps recovering from major illness or surgery, such high-impact aerobic exercises are simply not feasible or recommended. If you are one of these people or perhaps someone you love, you need to make sure that you don’t get into an activity that’s too strenuous.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of great low-impact exercises you can do.
Pilates is a great form of exercise. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a body conditioning routine that helps a person build muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, specifically in the legs, abs, arms, hips, and back. Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, this exercise form has many different movements that can be modified to fit people with different ranges of movement and difficulty can be increased later on.
Now, if you are bored with regular Pilates, there’s also the Pilates band workout. With the Pilates band workout you can get an even better workout. Basically with a Pilates band workout, you use a large elastic band to add more resistance to the regular movements.
Yoga is another great low-impact exercise. Many studios offer different type of yoga classes and you can find one near you and one that fits your style. It has a lot of stretching and slow movements, but it can also be quite challenging. There are also many floor exercises and if you do have certain problems and limited mobility, a good teacher can help you modify the exercises to fit you.
Rowing is a great low-impact sport. If you have access to a boat and water, you can get your exercise and have fun as well. It’s also very efficient for your upper body, as you can exercise your back, shoulders, and arms all at the same time. However, you should also add another form of exercise for your lower body if you can, like walking.
Many seniors and people with disabilities do swimming because it’s relaxing and very low impact. But it also works out your entire body, making it very efficient. If you can’t swim, there are also other types of water-based exercises like jogging with buoyancy belts and kick boards. If you can swim but haven’t done it for a while, you should try to find help from a teacher to make sure your form is correct, because swimming is all about getting the correct form so you can get the most from this form of exercise.
Lifting weights or body weight training is another great low-impact exercise. You can do it at your own pace and helps build endurance and power. Lifting weights helps you build up your muscles and increasing your range of motion. You can start with free weights, but make sure you get some help as you don’t want to injure yourself.