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The Highs and Lows of Training


Incorporating both high- and low-impact exercises is a great way to get a more rounded workout. When you know the difference, you can cross-train more effectively.


The Highs and Lows of Training

Incorporating both high- and low-impact exercises is a great way to get a more rounded workout. When you know the difference, you can cross-train more effectively.

Variety is the spice of life – even in our workouts. Mix up high- and low-impact exercises and give your body the zing it needs.


The Main Differences
Low-impact exercise places less stress on the
body and potentially reduces the risk of injury.

They include:
•  Aqua aerobics
•  Yoga and Pilates
•  Nordic walking
•  Elliptical machines
•  Bowling

High-impact exercise typically involves more
direct force on the body, in workouts like:

•  Football
•  Running  
•  Gymnastics
•  Basketball
•  Cheerleading

Pros and Cons
High Impact
•  Pro: The right amount of high-impact exercise can increase bone density
•  Con: Too much high-impact exercise may place excessive strain on the body
•  May wear down muscles over time
•  Possibly leads to repetitive stress injuries

Low Impact
•  Pro: People who have joint damage or are recovering from injury can stay
   healthy and active with low–impact exercise
•  Con: Too much low-impact exercise may not give healthy bones the stimulus
   they need to maintain or increase density

Cross Train with High- and Low-Impact Exercises and Sports
•  Check with a doctor before beginning or changing your workout plan
•  Alternate both low- and high-impact exercises instead of strictly focusing on one discipline
•  Alternate your workout days between high- and low-impact exercises
•  Add one or two opposite impact types to your daily workout each week
•  Yoga with weights
•  Zumba after a short treadmill sprint
•  Jui Jitsu before a swim





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