Getting in to the exercise habit can be a first time for some. Realizing that exercise is a must to get the body working properly else lose its functions sooner than later, choosing what is right can be a puzzle. Many among those who decided to change their lives go 180 degrees like a big fan. Sometimes, though, the exercises do more harm than good. There are people who can do high-impact exercises. They are not for everyone, but all can do low-impact exercises.
The difference between low-impact and high-impact workouts
High-impact exercises are those that require both your feet to be lifted up at the same time. They burn more calories within a shorter span of time than the low-impact exercises. Examples are jumping jacks, running, plyometrics, some aerobic exercises and cardio dancing that include leaping, hopping, jumping rope, and the like.
Low-impact (to no-impact) exercises, on the other hand, are those that require only one foot at a time in the air. They do not burn as much as high-impact exercises but if you do it for a longer period of time you can also get the same result. Such exercises are walking, hiking, swimming, cycling, most step aerobics, even yoga and pilates.
Who should go for the low-impact workout
Some people have aching joints before starting to exercise. Low-impact exercise is good for beginners and for those who are hurting. It is also recommended for pregnant women and those who can no longer move as fast without injury like most who are in their 50s and older. There is less jarring and impact on the hips, knees and feet, to none at all especially with yoga and pilates. If you have no injury or body complaint, you can still do the low-impact exercises if you want to but to burn more calories you just have to take more time doing the routines.
Who should go for the high-impact workout
If you are young or have no complaint with your joints and you are not pregnant, you can go for the high-impact exercises. If you are a beginner, though, start with the low-impact exercises and when you have gotten bored with it and your body can take it, going for the high-impact exercises can reap you the benefits in a shorter span of time. Perfect for those who are always busy with something else.
Both high-impact and low-impact exercises are beneficial to the body. You just have to know which one is better for you according to the situation of your physical condition. Although high-impact burns more calories, you can also achieve that doing the low-impact for longer periods of time. The important thing is to exercise.