4 Easy Low-Impact Exercises To Add to Your Routine Last week, we ran through a variety of high-intensity exercises for you to try, but something else we mentioned? Bracketing periods of intense exercise with low-impact activities! This helps prevent burnout, encourages muscle recovery and allows you more variety in your weekly workout regimen. So today, we’re taking a look at different types of low-impact exercise, prepping you on the basics of low-intensity moves.

Walking

It’s time to get your stroll on! For folks who stick to a regular routine, walking can lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, strengthen your bones, improve your mood and help you maintain a healthy weight. Whether it’s inside on a treadmill, around the block or through a nature preserve, there’s no wrong way to do it. And you don’t have to do it all at once—try incorporating some walking times throughout your day.

Stretching

It may not be the biggest fat burner in the world, but the benefits are still pretty great: improved posture, increased blood flow, injury prevention before a workout, a great muscle warm-up, etc. The list goes on, yet not many of us make the time for a stretch session outside of twisting around in our office chair! Ask your chiropractor for some daily stretches you can do at home that will help address your specific needs.

Stairs

It’s time to pass on that elevator and take the stairs! Stair climbing can offer you enhanced blood flow, improved energy, increased immune system function and lowered risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Don’t have a Stairmaster? No problem! A regular old set of stairs will do, whether they’re in your house, workplace or maybe even your local shopping mall.

Yoga

Improved posture, strength and balance are only some of the benefits yoga can have on the body. It can also decrease digestive issues, and it’s an excellent form of stress management. And yoga is very versatile! There are tons of different styles to choose from and plenty of information online to help you start a routine yourself or find a class in your area. Here are two classic poses to give a shot!

The Butterfly

Sit with your knees close to your chest, then slowly relax them out to either side. Holding your feet or ankles (whichever is easiest!) lightly press the soles of your feet together. Bend a little forward for some additional stretch.

4 Easy Low-Impact Exercises To Add to Your Routine

Always consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, especially if you have a serious medical condition or experience chronic pain or limitations.

Tree Pose

While standing, shift your weight onto the left leg, and slowly place the sole of your right foot inside the left calf or thigh (never your knee), hips facing forward. When balanced, put your arms straight into the air, above your head, with your palms facing. Keep this position for 30 seconds before switching to the other foot.

4 Easy Low-Impact Exercises To Add to Your Routine

Always consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, especially if you have a serious medical condition or experience chronic pain or limitations.