3 Gentle Exercise That Have A Big Impact

by - January 12, 2018

If you’ve always got an ache, a niggle or a pain, it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to get up and do some exercise. It’s all too easy to stay sat on the sofa, read a book or watch some TV. Even though it may seem counterintuitive, that act of getting up, working your joints and partaking in some exercise can actually help keep those niggles in check. This doesn’t mean you have to start training for a marathon, begin feeling the burn down at the local Zumba class or head on the cross trainer for forty minutes. There are plenty of exercises that you can have a go at that are more gentle, yet still have a massive impact.

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Walking

It may sound a tad boring, but walking is one of those activities that is accessible to all, cheap and self-determining. If you love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air, then why not head to your local park for a stroll, be the one who takes the pooch out for a walk or take a leisurely amble with friends. Walking can be a wonderful social activity and help you enjoy everything your environment has to offer. You could find yourself marveling at the newborn ducklings on the river, feeling the sun on the back of your neck or simply breathing in the crisp, fresh air. If you’re a fair weather walker, you can always supplement your summer walking with some sessions on the treadmill at the gym. Your heart rate will increase, your joints should feel less stiff, and you’ll have a more positive frame of mind.

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Yoga

The art of yoga isn’t all hippies, chanting and jasmine scented incense sticks. You can easily whip on a yoga pant and a decent sports bra and enrol yourself in a beginners yoga class. This will help you maintain not only your physical health but also your mental well being. You’ll learn breathing techniques that will help you relax and control the stresses of modern life, you’ll find yourself becoming more flexible as you shape your body into more advanced postures and you’ll feel refreshed and reinvigorated at the end of every session. Try a taster class and see if you enjoy this gentle exercise.

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Swimming

The great thing about swimming is that most people in the pool are focused on their own thing. There are no competitive rivalries, no one is looking at you, and your fellow swimmers are more bothered about counting their lengths rather than focusing on your swimsuit. It doesn’t matter how slow you go, swimming is a fantastic exercise for your muscles and joints. You could enjoy the backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly; it doesn’t matter so long as you stick to your lane and pump out those lengths. A more gentle form of cardio, you’ll still get your heart pumping and your breathing rate to increase without the need for a treadmill or rowing machine.

Just because running or high impact sports may be off the list doesn’t mean exercise isn’t accessible to you at all. Think outside the box a little and choose a gentler form of activity that still has maximum benefits to your health and well being.


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