Everything You Need To Know About ‘Low Impact’ Exercise

You may have heard the term ‘low impact’ exercise used before. You’re probably wondering what it is, and why there are so many different types of exercise. Why does it have to be so confusing? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about low impact exercise…

Low Impact Exercise in A Nutshell

Low impact exercise is basically exercise that doesn’t have much of an impact on your joints. This means you will minimise injuries and discomfort. However, just because low impact doesn’t have much impact on your joints, doesn’t mean it won’t have an impact on your health and physique. Many people can make great progress and see awesome results with low impact exercise.

Benefits of Low Impact Exercise

Low impact exercise has so many different benefits. If I were to list them all, I’d be here a long time! With that in mind, I’ll tell you about some of the main benefits of this kind of exercise:

  • Keep your heart healthy. Low impact exercise can improve your cardiovascular fitness, which can prevent heart disease later on.
  • As mentioned before, low impact exercise is gentler on your joints. You won’t need to worry about sore knees when you’re partaking in this sort of exercise. If you enjoy mixing low impact with high impact, you can always invest in a copper knee brace to keep things in check.
  • Low impact exercise can help you to burn fat at a faster rate. While high impact might burn more calories, low impact does more than that. It burns calories, but continues to burn fat after you’ve finished. Running is high impact and can burn a high number of calories, while walking is considered low impact and will burn more fat. It isn’t just about calories!
  • Low impact exercise is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

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Low Impact Exercise Examples

  • Walking is one of the best kinds of low impact exercise. Doing a couple of miles at a time is a great way to stay fit and improve your overall conditioning. Make sure you have suitable shoes for this so your feet stay healthy too!
  • Crosstrainers are good for using both your upper and lower body. As you don’t actually move your legs like you do on a treadmill, a crosstrainer is much better for your knees. You can even do HIIT style exercises on crosstrainers if you like!
  • Stationary bikes can be great for low impact exercise if you don’t want to leave the house.
  • You’d be surprised at how challenging yoga can be. It isn’t fast paced, but that doesn’t mean it won’t give you a great workout while being kind to your joints.
  • Exercising in water can make everything a little easier on you. Whether you swim or do water aerobics, you should notice a big difference.

There you have it: everything you need to know about low impact exercise. Low impact exercise can be a great addition to anybody’s workout routine. Be consistent and you’ll definitely see some results!

Looking The Part For Your Workouts: What To Do

When you’re going to workout, you want to make sure you don’t look out of place. I know people who start exercising for the first time worry that people will be looking at them and judging them. The last thing you want to do is give them even more reason to judge by wearing the wrong workout gear – not that you should worry about what others think or anything. So, you want to be sure you look the part for your workouts. Here’s what to do:

Do Your Research On The Workout

Do your research on different types of workouts so you know what to expect. For example, bodybuilder will usually wear leggings and crop tops/vests to get the best range of movement. This depends on whether you’re a man or a woman, of course. Runners usually wear loose shorts, and things that won’t slow them down while they are running. Make sure you read up on it!

Get The Right Shoes

If there’s one element that is the most important, it’s getting the right shoes. I’m afraid not just any training shoes will do! If you’re weight lifting and you wear shoes with a huge cushioned sole, you could end up working different muscles and even hurting yourself. If you’re running and wearing converse, you could hurt your feet. Make sure you know what kind of shoes to get. You might want a couple of pairs, depending on the different workouts you do. Some people wear running shoes on cardio and upper body days, and some wear converse on lower body days. However, this is your call. Trying to find a good all round pair could be a good idea. Plus, you could even do what I do and just take your shoes off for exercises like squats and deadlifts!

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Make Sure You’re The Right Temperature

Keeping cool while you workout will help you to go for longer. If you’re running outside, however, you’ll need to put a little more thought into what you’re wearing. It might be cold when you first leave the house, but you’ll soon warm up. Wearing breathable fabrics, and even layering them can help you. If you’re cycling, using a cycling kit designer will help you to pick the perfect outfit – one you like the look of too.

Make Sure You’re Taking Health and Safety Into Account

Health and safety should always be taken into account when working out. Your shoes play a big part in this. Also, you should never wear clothes that are too loose fitting when working with machines and things that could cause you to get caught. Loose clothing can be great for things like yoga workouts, but for running and lifting, they aren’t recommended. There are also accessories that can help to keep you safe and get the best from your workout. Lifting belts can stop you from getting a bad back, while wrist straps can help your wrists and grip.

Have Fun With Your Outfits!

Don’t be afraid to choose some bright colours or loud patterns. I love doing this and it keeps me motivated!