Workouts are called workouts for a reason – you have to work hard to get results. But sometimes, you can get more out of working less.
Low-impact workouts, such as Pilates slim and sculpt, barefoot cardio fusion and cardio barre have advantages over high-impact workouts.
They cause less joint stress and the risk of injury is low. Participants work out at levels that burn fat, while high-intensity workouts burn sugar. Because low-impact workouts are slower moving, they are easier to follow.
When you slow down movements, you can get much more out of your workout by freeing up “stuck spots” in the body that are not reached during a typical high-intensity workout. Low-impact workouts are also ideal for those who are aging and whose muscles are becoming less pliable.
And, of course, it’s easier to stick to an exercise routine that takes less effort to get through and doesn’t leave you exhausted.
Pilates Slim and Sculpt Pilates focuses on the core muscles around the spine, which provide the foundation for a healthy body. Like the foundation of a house, the core muscles support the whole structure. If they are not strong enough, your body will be vulnerable to spine and musculoskeletal injuries. In addition to preventing injuries, Pilates will strengthen your core, including your abs, obliques and back muscles. You may even develop a six pack or at least a flatter stomach.
Barefoot Cardio Fusion Barefoot cardio fusion combines the best of low-impact cardio exercise, barre, Pilates, yoga and natural movement. Natural movement incorporates the full range of human abilities to move naturally. It is based on how our bodies are biologically designed to move, as natural movement exercises imitate how the body moves in nature. Working out barefoot improves the strength, mobility and proprioception of the feet, which also helps align the ankles, knees, hips and spine so your entire body will move more effectively. Proprioception is the ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion and equilibrium.
Cardio Barre Cardio barre combines barre exercises with high-intensity cardio intervals. It’s a full-body workout that provides an efficient way to build muscle and burn calories. Barre exercises can improve muscle strength and definition, endurance, flexibility and posture.
You may choose to supplement more intense workouts with low-impact workouts or you may decide the low-impact workouts meet all of your fitness needs. Regardless, you’re likely to find that low-impact workouts will have a greater impact on your conditioning than you think.
Rita Matraia, founder and owner of The Core Connection, is a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor, a Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist, a Certified Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a Healthy Foot Practitioner through the Nutritious Movement Center.