As a fitness expert, I help people identify their goals and determine the best exercises for their body. Each body is unique and has different biomechanics for each movement. Therefore not every exercise is one-size-fits-all. That is why it important to understand the difference of high and low impact exercises and assess what suits you. Both high and low impact exercises can be used to target specific fitness goals.
High impact exercises create a force on the body and produce a level of stress on the body. Exercises include running, plyometrics, jogging, jumping jacks and any other exercise that the body leaves the ground. The stress is not always bad and can actually be a great way to strengthen your muscles, bones, and joints. However, they can also be detrimental for those who have joint issues or are considered a novice in the fitness world. Creating a stable core and a foundation of strength is imperative prior to starting an exercise routine that includes impact.
Low impact exercises are easier on joints and typically the body does not leave the ground. A few examples of exercises include yoga, biking, rowing machines, and the elliptical. Low impact does not mean low intensity or minimal results. In fact, everyone can benefit from low impact exercises. They are great for building strength and protecting joints and muscles. Low impact exercises can also be used in between high impact days to help keep injury at bay. One can expend a large amount of energy and still result in cardiovascular results without adding impact to their exercise routine.
Regardless of your fitness goals, adding a combination of both high and low impact exercises can be beneficial to overall fitness. Proper form and safety are always a must. If you are looking to change up you routine you can add in something new that will challenge your muscles and push yourself to achieve!!
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