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Why Low-Impact Exercise is the Way to Go

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sometimes when we think about exercise, we think about all of the negatives. We think about the sweat and the pain. We think about the hard workouts -- the running, the lifting, the challenge of it all. And for many, these thoughts are enough to turn us off. We don't want to feel bad about our workouts, and so we just don't do them. But what if working out brought about positive thoughts? What if it didn't have to hurt? If you need a more gentle approach to your fitness routine, take a look at these reasons why keeping it low-impact is the perfect way to go.

Anyone Can Do It

One of the best things about low-impact exercise is that anyone can do it. No matter your age or physical condition, you can find an exercise that works for you. But it's more than that. No one to watch your kids? You can take them. Your mom or grandmother want to go with you? Low-impact makes that possible. The fact that anyone can do it makes this easily accessible and adaptable for whatever lifestyle you lead. 

You Can Keep It Forever

Hardcore workouts may not be able to grow with you. As you age, they become more difficult. Your risk of injury goes up. But low-impact exercises can grow right along with you. You can walk now and in 20 years. You can do yoga now and when you're 70. You can keep a routine that you love in your life as long as you want it there. And since exercise is a lifestyle goal, this benefit makes a big impact.

It Still Works

You don't have to be sore and sweaty to get in a good workout. Sure, those workouts are good too. And no, you may not burn as many calories in a low-impact workout, but it will still work. You'll still burn calories. You'll still build muscle. You'll still improve your stamina and flexibility. Low-impact might take longer to see a big change, but every time you get up and move, it's still working. 

The most important part of exercise is to do it. It's not what you do or for how long. It's consistency. It's moving every day. If you enjoy low-impact workouts, do them. Do whatever you need to stay active and engaged in life. With an active lifestyle and gentle movement every day, your health, your body, and your perspective will improve like never before. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.

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