5 Low-Impact Exercises You’re NOT Doing

As you age, exercise and mobility become increasingly more important to maintain. The term “use it or lose it” applies to the elasticity of your muscles, the density of your bones, and the integrity of your joints. Regardless of your age, resistance training is vital to your health. Here are 5 of the best low-impact exercises to combat muscle loss and joint degradation: 

  1. Assault Rower 

This equipment gives you a full-body workout and is cardio-centric. Just like with other cardio machines, you can adjust the resistance level to ensure you get the most out of your workout! 

  1. Stability Ball Back Squat 

Utilizing a stability ball to assist with your squats is a great way to start preparing to squat under load. Setting up your squat with a stability ball against the wall allows you to get deep into that squat, while allowing the ball to take some of the pressure off of your knees. Perform this movement properly before adding any additional weight. 

  1. Dumbbell Floor Press 

Setting up your dumbbell chest press from the floor allows you to get all the benefits of a flat bench press, while greatly reducing the risk of injury. The floor acts as a hard stop for your arms so that you don’t over-stretch the muscle as you lower the weights. This position also allows for greater stability as your feet are flat against the floor. 

  1. TRX Rows 

I use TRX straps for almost all of my clients. They’re incredibly versatile and the best part is, you set the intensity of the exercise simply by moving your feet. TRX rows are a great beginner exercise as you’re using your own bodyweight to create the resistance. This exercise also teaches you to engage your core and glutes to keep your body in an optimal position for the row. 

  1. Carry Variations 

Carries are a functional exercise that you do almost everyday. From carrying the groceries in from the car, to lugging a suitcase through an airport, carries are an incredible exercise for building grip strength and core muscles. All you need is 1-2 kettlebells and an area to walk and you’re ready to go! 

Whatever your fitness level is, there’s an exercise out there for you to get started. More often than not, the hardest part is getting started. We can help! Schedule your free fitness consultation and speak with a real fitness professional– personal training may just be the key to unlocking a stronger, healthier you. 

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