High Impact Exercise - Good or Bad for Your Body?

Let’s face it, whether you’re doing high impact exercise or enjoying a daily stroll around the block, moving your body in any capacity is associated with a slew of health benefits. But when it comes to getting the greatest benefit out of your workout, which style of exercise is best?


At Dr. Gena Chiropractic, a favorite family chiropractor in Plantation, we’re movers and shakers. We’ll never turn down the opportunity to get our fitness on in any way because we love the way it makes us feel. But day after day, patients come in with the same questions – will high impact exercise help me or hurt me?


The answer may surprise you, but high-impact exercise is actually the most beneficial in regard to health and body boosting benefits!


Now before you jump off the treadmill and start pumping some iron (a common misconception), let’s clarify what high-impact exercise actually is. High impact workouts are defined as those that move both feet off the ground at the same time. Examples include cross training—such as jumping off plyo boxes or doing burpees—running, jumping jacks, or knee-highs.


Why is high-impact exercise so helpful for your health?


The number one reason we love high-impact exercise is for the way it impacts bone density. A study published by LiveFit reported that, “though it sounds counter-intuitive, high impact activity is good for your bones. In fact, scientists have found that regularly subjecting the bones to abrupt stress helps them grow and strengthen. If you’re older and not at risk of injury or simply want to boost your bone density, then signing up for some high impact exercises is a great idea.”


Why is having good bone density so important?


Most people equate stronger bones with a lowered risk for osteoporosis – and they’re right! Improved bone density means that, as you age, you’ll be less likely to experience brittle bones and trouble with your joints.


But what most people don’t realize is that stronger bones mean a reduction in inflammation in the body. Less inflammation means less illness – and we love that. Additionally, better bone density means improved lung function, stability, balance and coordination.


Which types of high-impact exercise will help you improve your bone density? 


The best types of high-impact exercise include:


  • Jumping Rope
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Jogging in Place
  • Long-distance Running
  • Burpees
  • Squat Jumps
  • Froggy Jumps
  • Side to Side Jumping Lunges
  • Long Jumps
  • Plyojacks


When should high-impact exercise be avoided?


If you are experiencing pain in your joints or have been advised by a doctor to only participate in low-impact exercises, some better options for you would be swimming, walking, yoga, pilates or riding a stationary bike.


For more information on living your best and healthiest life, visit Dr. Gena Chiropractic, located just minutes west of Fort Lauderdale. Remember your health is in your hands, but our hands are here to help!

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