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Low Impact Summer Exercises For Reducing Body Strain
With the warmer weather upon us, many people are seeking new and exciting ways to become more active and take their workout routines outside. However, for beginners and people who suffer from arthritis, it’s important to stick to low-impact, outdoor exercises for your workout routine this summer. Practicing low-impact movements means that either one or both of your feet will be touching the ground at all times. Don’t let the term “low-impact” fool you; low-impact is not the same as low-intensity. These exercises give you a calorie-burning workout, without putting extra stress on your joints, reducing your risk of osteoarthritis of the knee.
Whether you are looking to improve your fitness, health or you are looking to find new activities for your family to enjoy together, try the activities below to improve your strength and enjoy the outdoors!
Not only is swimming an excellent form of exercise, it’s also easy on your body. Have you ever tried picking someone up in the pool and did it with ease? That’s because the water supports some of your body weight, making you feel lighter. Because of this, there is less impact on your joints when you move around in the water. If you love swimming, try switching it up by trying aqua aerobics! It can help you develop strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.
The American Council on Exercise, or ACE, says that walking is one of the most popular low-impact exercises. As one of the simplest forms of exercise, walking is a great activity for beginners who are looking to become more active. Walking can be done almost anywhere at anytime, and it’s a wonderful stress-free way to keep moving! If you have been walking for a while and are looking for a new way to challenge yourself, try adding dumbbells, weighted ankle straps, or go on a short hike! If the weather is unfavorable, bring your walk indoors by hitting the treadmill or elliptical.
Riding a bicycle is a great low impact activity that can improve your cardiovascular health! With cycling, your joints are not absorbing shocks from impact with the ground. Instead, your body is constantly engaged in even movements while you pedal. Cycling is a great low-impact exercise for beginners, because it allows you to be as intense as you want to be. Start with a very low intensity and build your way up to a demanding workout. It’s also much more pleasant to do when the weather is warm, so grab your friends and explore the neighborhood!
Canoeing or Kayaking
Both canoeing and kayaking are low-impact exercises that increase strength, aerobic fitness, and flexibility. While they both are excellent workouts, it’s important to know the difference between the two. If you are canoeing, you are kneeling or sitting face forward, propelling yourself with a single-bladed paddle. If you are kayaking, you are facing forward with your legs extended in front of you while using a double-bladed paddle. Additionally, most canoes have open decks while most kayaks have closed decks. Regular canoeing or kayaking can improve muscle strength in the back, arms, shoulders, chest, torso, and legs.
Get out on the water and relax! This recently popular low-impact activity is excellent for improving overall strength, core stability, and balance. Paddle boarding uses almost all of the muscles in your body, so it’s an extremely effective workout that will substantially improve your cardiovascular fitness. In addition to being a great physical exercise, paddle boarding is relaxing and can help improve your mental health!
If at any time you are exercising and feel any pain or discomfort this summer, be sure to request an appointment with our experts at Premier Pain Centers today.