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Benefits of Low-Impact Exercises

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Low Impact ExerciseYou have many exercise options here in Carmichael, CA. Depending on personal preferences, you might choose to run, lift weights, or even participate in local sports like those offered through the Carmichael Recreation and Park District. Some community members choose swimming to stay fit. California Family Fitness offers progressive swim training right here in town and is an excellent option for someone looking to capitalize on the benefits of low-impact exercises.

Swimming is a low-impact exercise used by millions of people to stay in shape and improve their overall fitness. They are defined as ones where at least one foot maintains contact with the ground at all times during the activity. Wait a second! What about swimming (and other aquatic activities), then? Well, the definition of “ground” can be modified in this case to include water.

Now, a crucial part of that definition is “at all times.” Even during running, there are periods (albeit, brief ones) when both feet are off the ground at the same time. As such, it is considered to be a high-impact exercise. High-impact activities place tremendous stress on the lower limbs, so it is a good idea to at least supplement them with low-impact ones. The good news is there are many benefits from low-impact exercises, including:

  • Lower injury risk. Conditions like stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other foot and ankle injuries are less likely to happened during a low-impact exercise.
  • Improved cardiovascular performance. It might not seem as though walking does much, but this is an all-star exercise that promotes healthy blood flow and enables muscles to efficiently absorb oxygen.
  • Weight loss. Swimming, walking, and cycling all can burn additional calories and help you to lose weight, which in turn places less stress on the lower body.

There are many potential benefits to performing low-exercise exercises, but injury can potentially happen whenever your body is moving. Even walking up steps to a front door might lead to a sprained ankle if you misjudge a step! Of course, you can always come to McDowell Podiatry Group for effective foot and ankle care when you need it.

In addition to offering professional treatment, our medical specialists can also help you create a smart workout plan and provide preventative tips to keep you safe. Give our Carmichael, CA office a call at (916) 961-3434 and we can answer any questions you might have and assist you in scheduling an appointment. You can also request your appointment online right now on our website!

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