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Great Alternatives to High Impact Exercise

By Sara Butler

There’s nothing like getting in a good, sweaty workout. For some people, that means high impact activities that get their heart pumping and their body moving. While you may love the feeling high impact exercise gives, for one reason or another you may not be able to do it. High impact exercise can be a problem for people with back or knee problems. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get sweaty and push yourself – you just need to find a way to take the high impact out of exercise! Here are some great alternatives.


Cycling is a great alternative to other high-impact exercises such as running. Plus, you can do it inside on a stationary bike or outside with the wind blowing through your hair. Cycling allows for you to improve and maintain cardiovascular fitness without putting stress on the joints in your legs.

Elliptical Trainers

Some people have a love/hate relationship with the elliptical trainer. They love it because it’s a great way to get some cardio exercise in while being gentle on the knees, but they hate it because it can be a little boring! Well, just know that this low-impact exercise machine is great for your joints but allows your body to go through some of the same movements as running. That’s why it’s a great way to maintain your fitness level when you can’t run. So turn on some tunes and go to town!

Water Running

Can’t run on land? Well, try the water! Water running puts your body through the same motions as running but offers a little bit of resistance to your muscles to give you quite the workout. But because it’s in water it helps to take the stress off of your joints as you go through the motions.


Walking is one of the most simple but effective exercises you can do. It places less impact on the joints than running but offers the same health benefits. The American Heart Association published a report that found walking to be just as effective as other high-impact exercises in the control of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Exercise is incredibly important to your health. The key is to find something your body and joints can tolerate that you also enjoy doing and to stick with it! So try one of these exercises today and see where it takes you!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz. 


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