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Low-Impact Activities for Beginners

By Janin Hendry

Sometimes you don't have enough time to get out and get moving. This can be true when you work more than 40 hours a week and have a family to care for. Whether you have long-term sports injuries or are starting a workout treatment, low-impact physical activities are the best way to ease you into an active lifestyle

What Type of Activities is Easy for Beginners?

The joints are easy to damage through repetitive activities, too much weight, and poor diet. Please talk with your doctor before you start any physical activity to ensure it will give you the results you need. 

Walking  - Walking is the best way to start moving. Walking is something we start as an infant, and it can help start you on a healthier path. Make time to walk throughout your day. Whether you choose to walk during your lunch, before or after work, walking is a low-impact activity that is easy on your joints.

Yoga - Yoga can start you on the path to more intensive activities. The movements are low-impact, and you can gradually move through different poses to gain control over your body. Take each movement slowly and read how your body feels.

You may not make all the moves immediately, but you should master many of the most important with consistent work. Listen to your body and stop or adjust if anything starts to hurt. 

Swimming  - Swimming is something anyone can start with little work about your physical health. The weightless feeling of drifting through water can get you moving and not strain your joints. There are water aerobics classes or open swimming classes you can take at the local community center.

You can adjust different types of moves to fit your health and your body. You should introduce different types of movements as you can without over-stressing your body. There are multiple strokes to learn, which can give you a good workout.

Before You Start Consider the Following

Any time you begin a new activity regimen, you should look at how different areas of your life will be affected.

Physical condition - You might think you can jump into any workout program you want, but there are things to consider. Your body has changed over time and just because you played soccer in high school does not mean you are ready to jump into full-time jogging.

Financial constraints - You also must consider time constraints and money limitations. A gym membership might seem to be the right way to go, but do you have time every week to commit to a workout routine? Will you use the membership?

Family - Having a family is one of the best things you can have in life. It can also take up a lot of time. There are family programs you can participate in, so you do not need to worry about childcare or missing out on the important parts of their life.

To learn more about how a chiropractor can help you, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Upland, Calif.

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