One of the biggest risks of high-impact exercises is joint damage from overuse, injury, or general wear and tear. By contrast, low-impact exercises provide many of the same health benefits that high-impact exercises provide without so many of the risks, including to the joints. Low-impact exercises like the five listed below can protect joints from these dangers as well as help you:
For the best joint benefits, included are a variety of range-of-motion, aerobic and strength-training exercises.
Simply taking a walk is perhaps the easiest low-impact exercise to start doing. Requiring no special location, equipment, or skills, you can walk in place on a treadmill, around your neighborhood, or through a local park. To add in some challenges, you can pick up your pace occasionally or carry or wear some light wrist and/or ankle weights while you walk.
Whether you use an elliptical trainer or stair machine or simply climb up and down your apartment or basement steps, the act of climbing and descending stairs burns calories and helps strengthen and support your heart without causing impact to your joints.
You can either ride a real bicycle out in the world or use a stationary or recumbent bike indoors. Either way, riding a bicycle can strengthen your legs without impacting your joints. At the same time, it helps you to increase your heart rate and improve respiration, improving your stamina, endurance, and cardiovascular health.
Swimming is, perhaps, the most apparent exercise to perform in the water, helping both to tone and strengthen your muscles and improve your cardiovascular health and range of motion. Beyond that, performing virtually any exercises in the water reduces their impact on your joints.
The slow, deliberate movements and poses in Tai Chi help to increase the range of motion while building focus, concentration, and skeletomuscular strength.
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