Whether you’ve recently sustained an injury or high-impact exercises are simply too hard on your body, the right low-impact exercise can give your body all the benefits of working out without the stress. These are just a few of our favorites.
Pilates uses special apparatus incorporated with a series of exercises to improve flexibility, posture, strength, and mental awareness. Thanks to a pulley-and-spring system, you don’t put too much strain on your joints and can still get in a complete workout without overdoing it. You can also opt for mat-based Pilates classes, which aren’t as challenging.
Still not sure if Pilates is for you? Sign up for a one-on-one Pilates workout with a trainer or even a small group class.
Any type of pool activity is low-impact by nature, which is why water aerobics is such a great option. Also called aquatic fitness, waterobics, and aquafitness, these exercises improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. Water aerobics work so well, in fact, that many doctors recommend that post-op patients take water aerobics classes to regain strength and range of motion.
Moving your body during aquatic aerobics activates muscle groups with the water’s natural resistance. Depending on the facility, you may be able to experience water pole dancing, aqua cycling, and flotation device incorporation.
Looking for a great low-impact workout on the gym floor? Head to the rowing machine!
Rowing gets your heart pumping and your joints loosening up much more effectively than the treadmill, and yet few take advantage of this piece of equipment that won’t ruin your knees or ankles. Even if you’re not very coordinated, you can get into a proper rowing rhythm by being mindful of each push of your legs.
Discover other low-impact exercises by visiting NW Women’s Fitness. With our supportive environment, friendly personal trainers, and available massage services, our facility feels like coming home.