Want to challenge your core while still being gentle on the rest of the body? Maybe it’s time to look into low-impact workouts! Low impact doesn’t mean minimal results—in fact, it can help you strengthen, stabilize and tone your core muscles without putting too much pressure on your joints.
Let’s take a look at some fun low-impact ways to strengthen your core (and some possible resources for getting started)!
Swimming is a great way to challenge your core while still minimizing risk of injury. Buoyancy reduces stress on your joints and ligaments while movement within water helps create resistance. Water workouts and therapies are also a great way to get your heart rate going while ensuring that you don’t overheat!
Where to Get Started: Find a swimming class at a YMCA near you.
A low-impact favorite spanning from beginners to professional athletes, yoga has tons of overall health benefits for practitioners. Yoga can burn calories and tone muscles with an emphasis on strengthening and stretching—perfect for core work! Keep in mind that yoga can come at a variety of levels, focuses and intensities.
Great for beginners, the Pilates workout is a wonderful way to tone muscles, improve balance and flexibility, and stabilize and strengthen your core. It’s a great option for folks who have physical limitations as most moves can be tailored to suit a practitioner’s needs.
Where to Get Started: Find a Club Pilates near you to get started.
Known as the “ballet workout,” Barre is a low impact form of exercise that adopts different elements of dance, Pilates and yoga for a bigger audience. It’s named after the famous ballet handrail dancers uses in practice. Barre can help improve strength, flexibility and stabilize your core.
Always consult with your doctor or chiropractor before adding new workouts into your routine, especially if you have a serious medical condition, physical limitations or experience chronic pain.