Wellness Wednesday: Stay Active with These Low Impact Activities

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Loudoun County, Va. — Do you have the desire to stay active but your joints can’t seem to keep up with the stresses applied to it with higher impact exercises such as jogging and lifting weights?

A great way to continue to stay active throughout the entirety of your life is to practice low impact activities.

What is a low impact activity?

Low impact activities are those that put less pressure on your joints. Many people think since they have joint pain or problems, they can’t exercise. This is false! There are many activities you can participate in, that help you stay active while avoiding unnecessary pressure and impact on your joints.

What are some examples of low impact activities?

  • Walking
  • Water aerobics
  • Water jogging
  • Swimming
  • Bicycling
  • Body weight exercises

Why should you try low impact activities?

  • Arthritis
  • Beginners to working out
  • Returning to working out after a long time of minimal activity
  • Joint pain
  • Increased soreness
  • Pregnant
  • Stress fractures

Note from our sponsor: A great way to ease into exercising is to have someone lead you through a session. At LSTC, we have physical therapists and athletic trainers who can adjust to your individual needs to help you get back to activities you enjoy.

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Loudoun Sports Therapy Center is a premier physical therapy clinic. We offer outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy as well as specialty programs.

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