There are many great low impact workouts for you to choose from if you are new to exercise or recovering from an injury. This is a great way to get people of all age and levels involved in getting fit.
Low impact workouts can be done on your own or with a group of exercise enthusiasts.
Low impact workouts involve any type of activity that is easy on your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping movements. This includes activities such as swimming, walking, fitness classes and dancing. Low impact workouts can still be challenging but are much easier for some populations to do. It is also a great way to stay active if you are in rehabilitation or have any special needs.
With so many exercises to choose from, you should try as many as you can to see what feels right for you. If you like to exercise solo, you can pick up a fitness video or go for a swim in the local pool. You can also pick up a stability ball, resistance bands and a great book to help you with a strength training program.
If you like the support of a group, many fitness facilities offer group classes (on land and in the water) that are easy on you body but challenging enough to get your heart pumping.
Most are cardio based bit there are many classes that utilize strength training and gentle stretching into their programs for an even more balanced class.
Remember to consult your doctor before you begin any exercise program. Always begin with a 5 minutes warm up and end with a cool down to help avoid injury. Aim to exercise 3-5 times and week, ensuring that you have adequate rest in between workouts.