Impact may not seem like a good idea for exercise, but it really it gets a bad rap. True. Impact can lead to arthritis, muscle tears, and stress fractures; however, it has hidden value when done well.
Bone density is a big issue for women, especially if they are over 40. Low to moderate impact can help build up bone density along with strength training. Every time we walk on a hard surface, the “heel strike” portion of the stride helps with lower body bone density. Moderate helps build up coordinated strength of the tendons and ligaments around joints. A karate punch or kick against a target or jumping on and off plyometric boxes build up a tremendous amount of joint stability and coordination of stabilizing muscles of the joints doing the movement.
There are several keys to safe impact in training:
Managing impact in your workouts can be valuable for you when you useit correctly and with the wise guidance of your physician.
May God bless you!