Low-Impact Cardio and Fat Loss
High-impact exercise has soared in popularity over the past few years. But while interval sprints, CrossFit, and plyometrics get a lot of attention in musings on weight loss, we can’t forget that low-impact cardio also has its place when it comes to reducing body fat.
The predominant reason that low-impact exercise can help with weight loss is because it’s easier on the joints and body. Consequently, it can be engaged in with more frequency, regardless of age or fitness level. It remains true that high-impact cardio burns more calories and builds up bone density more rapidly, but it’s a simple equation of MORE MOVEMENT + FASTER RESULTS = GREATER STRESS ON BODY. Since high-impact cardio burns lots of calories in a short period of time, more time, frequency, and commitment are needed to see results from low-intensity exercises.
There are several options when it comes to choosing a low-impact workout. Walking, elliptical, and cycling are popular choices. Splitting up the activities throughout the day can be one way to hit the 60-minute target needed at this gentler pace. For example, a 20-minute walk with the dog in the morning can be followed later in the day by a 30-minute, total body workout at the gym. To complete the 60-minute target? Another 20-minute dog walk after dinner.
Golf is another example of low-impact exercise from which participants can reap all sorts of benefits. Once described by Mark Twain as “a good walk spoiled,” golf can be played repeatedly throughout the week without overtaxing your body.
Long story short: a simple trade-off between intensity and time can help you lose weight and see other significant health benefits.