We are all conditioned to go beast mode in our workouts but sometimes something in life happens like you get a permanent injury and are unable to work out as hard as you used to. The early morning runs just aren’t possible anymore because your body just can’t keep up with the hard and fast workouts anymore. The long weight training sessions are put on the back burner because although you’re not rushing them the high impact is killing you. As you age high-intensity exercises such as running on the track or playing badminton at your local fitness center may not be an option for you so it may be time to consider low impact options.
When you are forced to give your body a rest that does not mean you have to completely give up on fitness you just may need to take a different approach! Low impact exercises are easier on your body but are still a great way to stay in shape and keep your heart rate up. If you need some ways to stay in shape that are easy on the joints here are a few workouts you may want to consider.
Tai Chi- Gentle, fluid movements improve your flexibility while improving your strength and endurance. The breathing, movement, and concentration that is required of those who are practicing Tai Chi are a distraction from everyday life. Mental health is just as important as physical health and Tai Chi gives you both of those things without having to exert too much physical effort.
Pilates- I love Pilates for many reasons! It’s light on the joints which is very important when you have a disability and will give you a solid workout without having to use any equipment. Most people will not try Pilates classes because they think it is easy and although it is considered a low impact exercise it is harder than you may think. Never knock something until you try it because although something may seem easy you can’t judge something you’ve never tried. Pilates can help put an emphasis on proper breathing techniques spinal, and pelvic alignment and after taking a Pilates class for a while you may notice you are more aware of your body than you ever were before. I know I have seen some major changes and I just do Pilates through YouTube I can’t imagine the changes I’d see if I took a class! Pilates is one of the most gentle effective exercises you can ever partake in give it a try!
Yoga– Yoga is not for me personally but still can bring great benefits! There are many different types of Yoga some are more intense than others so if you need something that is lower impact Yoga could definitely be an option because there are so many choices!
Water aerobics- Working out in the water can make fitness fun! Sometimes people don’t work out because they either have a million excuses why they don’t have the time or they get bored. When you are physically disabled you will have less options and face more challenges but that should not stop you from wanting to get in shape if you are able. Water aerobics can be a great form of exercise if you are physically disabled because there are so many different things you can do in the water that you may not necessarily be able to do on land.
Unless you are a physically unable your body was made to move and even though sometimes things happen and you may not be able to work out as hard that does not mean fitness is the in the rearview mirror. Your body needs to move in any way it can even if that means slowing down a bit! Low-impact exercises may be what you need to get back on track with your fitness goals but unfortunately, most people will not do anything low-impact because they think these exercises are easy. Low-impact does not mean these exercises are easy they are just easier on the joints than some other form of exercises like HIIT training. Don’t ever be afraid to do low-impact exercises they have just as many benefits as the high-intensity ones do! If you have any questions about ways to get into a fitness routine please leave them in the comments below.
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