(Closed) Low Impact Exercise Suggestions??

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hmm… my first choice was going to be swimming.  Zero impact with toning benefits from the water resistance but you will need to buy a gym membership for that unless you or someone you know has a pool you can use frequently. My second idea is pilates.  You can get some great DVD’s, it is very low impact and great for strength, and flexibility but it is going to be less cardio than the swimming; and you need cardio for weight loss if that is your goal. Hope This Helps

Post # 4
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I concur- swimming and pilates. Is there a YMCA near you? they usually have pools, fitness classes, and decent rates for membership. I’m pretty sure there are young adult/couple membership options too!

Post # 5
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

Swimming, elliptical, Pilates, yoga, bar method (you can buy DVDs to use at home), lifting, walking. Lots of options!

Post # 7
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Ice skating or roller blading! Ice skating obviously you have to rent or buy skates and pay per session, but it’s a wonderful workout and super low impact.

Roller blading would be cheaper if you don’t mind being outside and buying a pair of blades and maybe some hand and knee guards. Amazon has some for cheapsies 🙂

Post # 8
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I sprained my SI joint and am really restricted, too :-/ hot yoga is amazing — I couldn’t even bend over until I started doing yoga and it’s an awesome 90 minute workout that lets you go at your own pace and favor what you need to or push what you want to. I got an awesome unlimited deal at a local studio, but of you talk groupin it’s easy to buy a package here and there to keep your practice up on the cheap.

Post # 9
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Since you’re in NYC, maybe you can find some sort of Pilates/yoga deal on Lifebooker or one of the other deal sites?

Post # 10
10355 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Bike riding is very low impact. Do you have room in your apartment for a bike?

Post # 11
2080 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@BlondeMissMolly:  I second this. When I want low impact I do pilates, elliptical, and light weights.

Post # 12
2413 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

DON’T RIDE A BIKE IF YOU HAVE A HERNIATED DISK! Sorry, Crayfish – but I learned that the hard way! Not a normal stationary bike, but the low ones where you sit upright are good.

I also have a herniated disc and have been resigned to low-impact exercises.

What can you afford for a gym? Perhaps you can walk and also invest in a set of light weights to do some exercises for toning…or get ankle weights for the walk.

Swimming is also great.

I also have begun using the stair-climber at the gym…is there a low-cost gym with a stair climber? It’s a bit hard on the knees but doesn’t involve hip rotation which helps the disc issue.

Also, I started a stretching regimen. I stretch for about 45 minutes, 5x a week and it’s really helped to suck me in! I do it with a combo of ab exercises!


Post # 13
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do an intro week or month of Bikram yoga- its amazing cardio and a great workout if you can stand the heat.  As a former gymnast you may love it- plus it is very healing.  I’m a former competitive skater and I love it.

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