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Low impact exercises for maximum results

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise.” – Thomas Edison

Your independence and quality of life all depends on how healthy your lifestyle is. Good eating habits and daily exercise will make sure you enjoy the best results.  For many, old or new injuries do tend to deter them from obtaining steady movement. We have put together a list of some low impact exercises that will help you achieve your wellness goals.



One of the easiest low impact exercises to adopt is walking. It does not require a gym membership or any equipment, all you require is a comfortable pair of shoes. Regular walking can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and strengthen your immune system. According to research done by Harvard Medical School, 43% of the 1000 individuals studied experienced fewer sick days by walking 20 minutes a day as opposed to once a week. As a result of walking being such an imperative exercise, many new retirement estates create a safe environment for residents to explore and amble through. Start a walking club with friends or join a local community of walkers and walk your way to a healthier lifestyle.



KwaZulu-Natal’s subtropical weather is ideal for swimming. This exercise is also a great alternative to walking when opting for low impact exercises. The activity has low risk for injuries and offers a full body workout while reducing pressure on your knees, hips, and spine. Assisting in joint discomfort and improving bone mineral density, swimming also has the ability to improve your mood and reduce stress levels. Use your residential estate’s pool or sign up to the local gym and make this your go to exercise.



A popular recreational low impact exercise option is dancing. Much like walking, you do not need a gym membership or special equipment. All you need is some upbeat music to get moving for at least 15-20 minutes a day. If you prefer something more constructed, then opt to watch an online class on YouTube or join a local dance class in your neighbourhood. It’s a great way to meet new friends while also having fun.


Yoga and Pilates

Improve flexibility, balance and energy levels as you age with a simple 10 – 15-minute routine. All you require is a mat and some open space, whether you choose the outdoors to enjoy some fresh air or indoors. Yoga and Pilates can improve your overall health by strengthening your bones, reducing aches and pains as well as alleviating stress by boosting your mood.


KwaZulu-Natal provides the many settings for you to stay motivated, fit and healthy. You don’t have to overexert yourself to achieve great results.



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