High Or Low Impact? Which Type of Workout Is For You

Both low-impact workouts and high-impact workouts can give you a great workout, but do you know what their differences are and which one is the best type of workout for your particular needs? Many times we push our bodies to their limit, which can cause injuries, such as sprains, broken muscles, and back problems, which is why it’s so important to choose the right workout that best suits you, depending on your weight, height, and what you want to get out of it.

Low-impact workouts

According to lifefitness.com, when we practice low impact exercises at least one or both feet touch the ground at all times. This puts less force and stress on your body. But don’t confuse low-impact with the slower pace of low-intensity workouts.

Types of low impact exercises include walking, yoga, cycling, kayaking, hiking, water aerobics, tai chi, boxing, pilates, golf, rollerblading, cycling, rowing, and even using the elliptical.

These are great for people who already suffer pain in their bodies, for the elderly, young kids, those that have suffered broken bones, have bad joints, are overweight, or are pregnant.  If you’re a fitness newbie, starting with low-impact cardio is a great way to dip your toes into exercise. But, don’t be discouraged because these types of workouts are a great form of cardio and can even help transform your body, but at a slower pace.