Low-Impact Ways to Stay Fit

Low-Impact Ways to Stay Fit

Benefits of Low-Impact Exercise: Weight Control, Injury Prevention, Increased Flexibility, Mental Health Benefits, Boost Mood, Decrease Depression, Reduce Anxiety

Time and time again we see high-intensity workouts at the forefront of exercise. However, not everyone can do CrossFit, bodybuilding, HIIT, plyometrics, etc. due to physical limitations, age, or overall lifestyle factors. There are several benefits to low-impact exercise such as weight control, reduced chance of injury, improved flexibility, allows you to be more active by reducing the need for rest days, and mental health benefits like decreasing the rate of depression, boosting your mood, giving you energy, and helps reduce anxiety.

Try one (or all) of the outdoor workouts below to get your blood pumping without over-stressing your body.



The most popular LOW-IMPACT WORKOUT because it’s accessible and budget-friendly. There are many ways you can increase the intensity like hitting a hilly neighborhood, walk at a brisk pace, or hold hand weights to elevate your heart rate.



Aside from being an effective way to work up a sweat, cycling is an efficient and environmentally friendly. Wear a helmet, define a safe route and get peddling. Bad weather day? No worries, find a local spin-bike studio and take it indoors. It is important to note that using a properly fitted bike is essential.



Since water is nearly 800 times denser than air, swimming can be the ultimate full-body workout. If swimming laps feels too repetitive, try a water aerobics class. It can be an enjoyable way to mix things up, strengthen your muscles and avoid high-impact wear and tear. 



Who said yoga must be done inside, in a studio? Aside from being a great workout, outdoor yoga is rejuvenating, relaxing, and may be the stress antidote you have been searching for to complement your other exercises. It’s not just for stretching. Yoga strengthens muscles and improves balance. 



When using proper form, stand up paddle (SUP) boarding and kayaking target your arms, back, and core. Each can burn up to 400 calories per hour. Plus, the views from on the water can be incredible.



Golfing helps with balance, strength, and flexibility. Some refer to it as a good-walk-spoiled because its not easy to break par, but it is a fun way to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. Want to step it up a little? Skip the golf cart and walk the course.



Gardening can be more than a hobby, more than a great way to eat right or beautify your home. It’s an excellent low-impact exercise  — some gardening activities, such as raking or watering, can burn between 150-300 calories in only 30 minutes.

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Our Very Own Whitney (top) and Josey (bottom).

We are fortunate to have Whitney and Josey contribute health and fitness tips and tricks for getting your steps in. Both ladies work as Member-Athlete Representatives at FitnessBank during the day, and on weekends and week-day evenings — when they aren’t training on their own — they are training clients. Both are certified personal trainers. If you have any questions about FitnessBank, banking, tracking steps on the app or about posts like this; please email them at onlinesupport@fitnessbank.fit.

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