If your goal is to lose weight and get in shape, there are SO MANY workouts you can do: HIIT training, CrossFit, resistance training, sprint training, and the list goes on!
But what if your body can’t handle the strain of high-impact workouts? Perhaps you’ve suffered a muscle, joint, or bone injury that slows you down, or you’re recovering from an injury or surgery. Whatever the case, you shouldn’t be putting your body through the high impact workouts. Thankfully, there are a few low impact workouts that can give you serious results:
Stair Climbing — You can go outdoors (to your nearby stadium or arena) to climb the stairs, and you’ll feel the burn in your legs and lungs in no time. If you’d rather stay in the gym, there’s always the Stairmaster. Climbing stairs is a fairly low-impact workout, but it works!
Walking — This is ideal for ANYONE and EVERYONE, even those recovering from injuries or with limited mobility. Once you get accustomed to walking, you can always increase the intensity of your workout by adding weights, walking faster, or tackling hills.
Light Resistance Training -- Adding a lot of weight can strain your joints, but you can still get a great workout with less weight. Go for endurance training (high volume, low weight), and you’ll build muscles, burn fat, and improve your overall conditioning.
Elliptical Training — The elliptical is one of the best low-impact workout machines around! Do it right, and it combines upper and lower body training with a solid cardio workout. You can always increase the intensity of your workout by walking faster or changing the incline/difficulty on the trainer.
Rowing — If you’re lucky enough to have a rowing machine in your gym, USE IT! Rowing is one of the best full body workouts, and it combines cardio with serious muscle building. It’s also a low-impact workout that will help you push your body to its limits.
Yoga — Yoga is wonderful for your joints and muscles, and it’s very low impact. But don’t expect to walk away from the workout easy. A proper Yoga session will leave you drained and exhausted, but feeling AMAZING and happy.
Hiking — This takes walking to a whole new level–literally! Instead of walking on a treadmill or around your park, hit the hills, mountains, canyons, or forests around your city. Spend a few hours hiking up hills, crossing rivers, and wandering through the trees, and you’ll get in a great low impact workout!
Pilates — Nothing beats Pilates for a serious core workout! It’s a low-impact form of exercise, but it will shred your abs, back, and side muscles. You also improve your balance, coordination, and upper and lower body strength.
If you want a proper workout but want to avoid the impact of jogging, running, CrossFit, or heavy weightlifting, these are the low impact workouts for you!