Alternatives to High Impact Exercise

bikingA lot of people are under the impression that to burn major calories you have to participate in high impact exercises such as running. The truth is there are a lot of low impact exercises that will be much easier on your back and your joints while still geting your heart rate up to burn some major calories. 

What Does Low Impact Mean?

Generally, an exercise where at least one foot is in contact with the ground at all times is low impact. This encompasses exercises like swimming and yoga. If you’re recovering from an injury or have joint damage then low impact is what you need to do in order to be kind to your body but at the same time staying active and healthy.

Here are a few alternatives to high impact exercise that you might want to incorporate into your workout routine!


The easiest of the low-impact exercises because you do it every day already! Walking is a great way to stay active. If you need to add some intensity while you walk then try for hills or add weights – those will really get that heart pumping!


No doubt your gym has these! Ellipticals are great because they put less strain on your legs and joints but still get that heart rate up and burn calories.

Strength Training

Strength training is a great low impact exercise that really helps you to break a sweat, if you’re into that kind of thing. Squats, lunges and supermans are great strength training exercises that will help tone you up.


Tour de France, here you come! Biking is a great way to get exercise with the added benefit of getting outside to enjoy nature. It’s kind to your joints and will whip you into shape in no time.

Rowing Machines

If you want to get some variety in your cardio routine then you need to try the rowing machine. It’s great for your legs and arms, and you will definitely feel like you’re working out on this sucker!

Rock Climbing

If you crave a little adventure then rock climbing may just be the low impact exercise you’ve been looking for! It’s a great stress reliever and it really gives you entire body a workout. Plus it’s something you can do at your own pace, and those slow and controlled movements will really pay off as far as muscle building and tone are concerned!

Try giving your body a break and incorporating a few of these workouts to your routine!

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