What’s high and what’s low (and who are they good for)?
High-impact exercises involve jumping and jarring motions that put stress on the skeletal system. Running and jumping activities where both feet leave the ground are considered high impact. Thinking running, plyometrics, skipping rope, or dance or aerobic classes that involve jumping. While high impact exercises can lead to injury or wear and tear on the joints of the legs and back, there’s mounting evidence that high-impact exercise may actually help strengthen bones and reduce bone loss as we age. HIgh-impact exercises are best for those with a high fitness baseline and who are at a low risk for joint injury.
Low and no-impact exercises place less stress on the body by avoiding the jarring motions of high-impact exercise (running is called pounding the pavement for a reason!). Typically speaking, an exercise is considered low-impact if at least one foot remains planted on the ground at all times or the body is in some way supported, whether by water in the case of swimming or aqua aerobics or by a machine. These types of exercises are appropriate for beginners, individuals with bone, connective tissue or joint-related issues (injuries, arthritis or osteoporosis), those recovering from injuries, older adults, heavier individuals and pregnant women.
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