There are many different types of exercise regime and if you’re not an expert the various acronyms and buzzwords can make learning about fitness a very daunting experience. More often than not these terms are relatively simple to explain. Low Impact Training (LIT) is one of these terms, and when you have an understanding of what it is you’ll be able to incorporate it into your fitness program easily.
What is Low Impact Training?
At its core, low impact training is a regime that is focused on not putting too much pressure on your joints. High impact activities such as jumping can put undue pressure on joints and too much pressure can cause injuries, so cycling low impact exercises into your training regime is a way to keep your joints healthy.
Exercises that are low impact include:
- Elliptical Cardio Machines
Why incorporate Low Impact Training into your regime?
Depending on where you are in your fitness journey there are different reasons to start doing low impact exercises. If you’re just starting out and have been living a relatively sedentary lifestyle your joints may not be capable of coping with a sudden increase in pressure from high impact exercises. If you start off with low impact exercises though you’ll be able to start building up the strength of your joints AND lose weight, which will also make it easier for you to perform high impact movements.
If you’re already a highly active person and you’ve been focusing on high impact exercises your joints could probably do with a break to help them recover. Incorporating low impact exercises into your regime will give your joints time to recuperate and lower you risks of injury when you go back to your high impact movements.