Extreme sports are an absolute blast to play; however, they tend to wreak havoc on the body over time. Sports like football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, and MMA are all well known to cause accumulative damage to the bones, cartilage, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and even the cardiovascular system. Thankfully, many low impact sports are equally fun, beneficial to the human body, and won’t stack up accumulative damage over the long term.
Often labeled as the lowest impact sport available, swimming is enjoyable, relaxing, and hugely beneficial for all parts of the body. Because the body isn’t dealing with any sudden impact whatsoever, there is no risk for incurring damage to the joints and particularly the cartilage. The water creates a safe resistance that cultivates muscle motion, cardiovascular strain, and just the right environment for the perfect low impact exercise.
Walking and Hiking
As opposed to running, walking, and hiking are very low impact forms of exercise. With running, gravity is pulling the feet down against the surface with great impact, thus wearing out and compacting the joint’s cartilage over time. Walking and hiking still involve impact; however, the impact isn’t enough to damage bone or cartilage.
Many people scoff at the idea of yoga being a true form of exercise. Most of these people have never tried it properly. Yoga, done under the supervision of a knowledgable instructor, is an extremely rigorous form of exercise that involves almost no physical impact. It’s fun, relaxing, can build strength, and will significantly improve a person’s flexibility.
While rowing can accurately be labeled as a somewhat costly sport due to the equipment involved, it also happens to be an extremely low impact sport that is great for the body. The rowing motion is a full-body workout, exercising the legs, chest, back, and arms with hardly any impact at all.
Arguably the most commonly undertaken low impact sport, cycling is a fantastic way to strengthen the muscles and cardiovascular system while causing hardly any damage to the body itself. Like rowing, swimming, or walking, cycling doesn’t involve any aspect of the body hitting a hard surface with any reasonable amount of damaging force.