cardio

Cardio workouts for weight lossCardiovascular exercise can be divided into high-impact and low-impact exercises, which refer to the degree of impact an exercise has on your joints and skeletal system.

  1. High-impact exercise involves the body lifting into the air and both feet leaving the ground simultaneously; examples include running, jumping, leaping, jumping jacks and jumping rope.
  2. Low-impact exercise, on the other hand, entails one foot remaining on the ground, supporting the weight of the body at all times. Examples include walking and hiking.
  3. If both feet remain planted on the ground or your entire body weight is supported at all times, then it is a no-impact exercise. No-impact activities include swimming, cycling, rowing and exercise machinery such as the elliptical trainer.

When moving your body has to absorb the force of the impact with the ground. The higher the impact with the ground, the greater the force/ shock your body (particularly your ankles, knees, hips and lower back) must withstand. Significantly less stress, or jarring, is exerted on your body and joints when you land during low-impact exercise and there less risk of injury compared to high-impact exercise. This means that when you do high-impact exercise you need to pace yourself and advance more conservatively in order to avoid injury compared to low- or no-impact exercise programs.

The Beginner's Guide to Exercise

The Beginner’s Guide to Exercise

If you're just getting started on your fitness journey, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the wealth of information out there. But don't over-think it! As...
10 Ways to beat running boredom

10 Ways to beat running boredom

While many runners never feel even the smallest tinge of boredom, for some of us - as much as we love running - it sometimes just gets a bit same ol’ same o...
How to keep safe cycling - Bicycle safety

Bicycle safety tips for the road

Cycling combines a great workout with efficient, cheap and green transport. And if you live in the city, it might just be quicker than anything else. But go...
How to make exercise a habit

How to make exercise a habit

When it comes to exercise some people are naturally self-motivated. They are the one's who'd never skip a workout come rain or come shine. They're the one's...
The ultimate guide to cycling

Beginner’s guide to cycling

Exercise doesn’t come much more convenient than cycling. An efficient method of transportation and a workout. What’s not to like? Whether you use it to get ...