By: Northwestern Medicine Health & Fitness Staff
Low-impact exercises will help you achieve a cardio or strength training workout that alleviates stress and pressure on your joints. Plus, these exercises are ideal for supporting expectant mothers, chronic medical issues, those new to exercise, injuries and more. Here are our favorite low-impact workouts:
This popular form of low-impact exercise can be adjusted for all fitness levels. You can start slowly or pick up the pace to increase your heart rate. You can also walk up hills, swing your arms or use stairs to mix up this workout.
This is the king of joint-friendly exercise. You’ll burn calories, get a full body workout and have a lot of fun. Try a group exercise aerobics class for targeted instruction on safe and effective water workouts.
Use your bodyweight and gravity for a strength and cardio workout. TRX® straps provide the support you need to make an effective workout as low-impact as you want.
Indoor cycling is a heart-pumping, calorie-burning cardio workout. You’re off your feet and not bearing the weight of your body, limiting the stress on your joints.
Build your core and improve balance with this versatile style of working out. Whether on the floor, standing, or seated, you can complete workouts that will provide relief for joint pain and other medical conditions.
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