Top 9 Low-impact Exercises

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Regular exercise is essential if you want to maintain good health. At the same time, it’s important that you don’t hurt yourself as your trying to get fit. Some kinds of exercise—like running, or jumping as in aerobics—can be difficult if you have joint problems, or have been recently injured, as these exercises require your body to absorb the impact of the forceful, pounding movement. Fortunately, though, there are a lot of exercises that are ‘non-impact’, and are just as good for you. Here’s a list of 9 of some of the best non-impact exercises that can will help you get fit without jarring your body. You are always advised to check with your doctor or medical provider before you start any exercise regime, of course.

1) Yoga

It is hard to describe exactly what yoga is, as there are as many as 100 different types. Still, the basics are more or less the same; yoga involves the principle of integrating mind and body through breathing, exercising, and focusing or meditating. Breathing is regarded as the essence of all life, so yoga requires you to concentrate on how you breathe. This improves your overall circulation and health. The exercises, or body postures, asanas, are aimed at improving the various functions of your body. For example, certain exercises improve back strength, whereas others may target nerves in the arms, legs or neck. Yoga can be strenuous, and you’ll have to be sure you are doing the poses correctly. Fortunately, there are many beginner’s classes available at most fitness centers. Most instructors say yoga is not suitable for pregnant women, and children under the age of 16 should also be discouraged from doing any poses.

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