MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- In order to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, the American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic exercise three to four times each week. That exercise doesn’t have to be high impact activity, says trainers at Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco. Low impact exercise can still provide you with a good workout, while reducing the risk of injury to your joints.
When walking, you can also vary your routine to include hills or inclinesreadily available here in Westchester in order to make your heart work harder. Adding hand or ankle weights will increase the intensity as well. On an exercise bicycle or elliptical machine, you could also choose an interval program to help build endurance and elevate your heart rate a bit.
When it comes to low impact workouts, you never have to be bored with your training program. A few of the activities you can participate in are:
- Roller or ice skating
- Cross country skiing
- Tai Chi
Best of all, weight training, Yoga and Pilates can all be included in any one of these workouts to help build strong muscles and increase your range of motion without placing undue stress on your joints. As such, you’ll never have to tire of a routine, because there will always be something new for you to try.
When done properly, low impact workouts can be just as intense as high impact routines, but are much safer to do. Even if you’re not currently experiencing joint problems, you could still benefit from making the switch by preventing future problems from occurring.