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Best Low-Impact Exercises for Your Health

Written By Chapman Health Group on January 7, 2019

If you are looking to lose weight but suffer from creaky or painful joints, it’s probably in your best interest to find a fitness or exercise program that focuses on low-impact exercise selections.

Low-Impact Exercises to Try in the New Year

Here’s an overview of a handful of the best low-impact exercises for weight loss and healthier living. These exercises will be easier for people with painful joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis to complete, and will also work well for people rehabbing from injuries.

1. Barre

Inspired by dancers, barre requires a surprising amount of body control and endurance. Best of all, barre is extremely easy on the joints, and most people can perform barre movements without any problems. 

Power yoga is an excellent alternative for those who don’t have access to a barre studio. 

2. Cycling

Cycling is one of the best low-impact exercise choices to help people lose weight while improving cardiovascular fitness. 

While several studies have shown that there are benefits to hitting the open road, many people thrive in the group setting of a spin class. Both are effective, low-impact ways to enjoy fitness and lose weight. 

3. Kettlebell Workouts

When done with proper form and light weights, Kettlebell workouts provide almost all the advantages of traditional strength training workouts while generally being easier on the joints. This is because kettlebells are extremely versatile, and users can work through pain-free ranges of motion or alter exercises as needed.

The basic kettlebell swing and the kettlebell goblet squat are two movements that can be performed almost anywhere, increasing cardiovascular conditioning while burning extra fat. 

4. Swimming

Lap swimming and treading water are two of the absolute best low-impact exercises to help people lose weight. Swimming burns a ton of calories, and the soothing nature of a pool is extremely gentle on the joints. 

5. Walking 

Another great joint-friendly addition to any exercise program is walking. While walking seems like an overly simple inclusion, walking is in fact an excellent fat-burner. 

Like most other forms of low-intensity exercise, walking burns fat almost exclusively while sparing lean muscle mass and glycogen. 

Be on Your Way to Better Health Today

The Chapman Health Group provides premier chiropractic care, as well as a wide variety of fitness, weight loss, and wellness solutions for Leesburg, Florida and surrounding areas. Dr. Todd Chapman and associates can provide same-day scheduling for those seeking an exercise program consultation. 

To schedule an appointment, you can contact the office online, or you can call the office directly at (352) 728-6886.

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