While High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has its benefits, it isn’t for everybody, especially for beginners, for the elderly, and for people recovering from injuries or illnesses. Fortunately, there are three low-impact exercises that provide high-impact benefits for your health, and don’t worry since these are all available at the affordable gyms such as Anytime Fitness.
You won’t even feel a dent on your budget, not to mention that you’re making an investment in your health – and that’s the best investment of all!
The simplest, most natural and most accessible exercise of them all is walking – or if you want to get the full benefits of exercise, brisk walking. You don’t have to remember complicated series or to perform joint-busting movements. You just need to walk, a natural series of movements performed on a daily basis so it’s as natural as breathing.
Brisk walking is a low-impact exercise because your joints aren’t subjected to extreme stress yet your body benefits from the exercise. Your heart rate goes up, your body releases endorphins, and your muscles become stronger, among other benefits. Your joints, especially your ankles and knees, don’t have to take a pounding, so to speak, in comparison with running.
Yet another great thing about brisk walking is that you can do it on a treadmill at your gym! You can exercise anytime of the day or night you want sans worrying about the natural and criminal elements outdoors.
If you would like to try an even better, try doing a fasted walk in the morning, before you eat or drink anything (other than water). Fasted walking is a great way to improve your digestive system and stimulate your metabolism.
Of course, swimming isn’t as natural an activity as walking but it’s just as doable. Your local gyms offer swimming classes for adults, an opportunity that you should seriously consider since these can contribute to a fitter body and a better mind. Plus, it’s also a low-impact exercise suitable for nearly all types of adults.
With swimming, you can easily and quickly glide through the water, an enjoyable experience that will make your exercise time something to look forward to, not dreaded. You will also feel relatively weightless in the water so you will be able to perform exercise movements that you can’t do so well out of it.
Besides, swimming has a therapeutic effect on the body – water does that to you. You may want to swim in a heated pool so your muscles feel more fluid and your body more relaxed.
While certain types of people cannot engage in yoga safely, most of the general population can do so. You will love yoga as a complement to your brisk walking program since it adds dynamic physical stretching and mindfulness in one low-impact workout.
But even if you’re a relatively healthy individual who can perform the lotus pose, you shouldn’t plunge into yoga head-first, so to speak. You have to start at the beginner’s class where you will learn the basics of yoga, such as the proper postures, techniques and form. While yoga may be a low-impact exercise, it has its dangers especially for untrained bodies.
When your body has developed sufficient strength and stamina, you can adopt high-impact exercises, too. You should, nonetheless, still incorporate one or all of these low-impact exercises for a well-rounded program.
You will find, too, that access to these exercises is already included in the price you paid for your membership and the membership of your family.