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The Value of Impact in Your Training

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:

  1. Always wear proper footwear.
  2. If using steps or boxes, be sure they are made for aerobics and/or plyometrics. Someone’s homemade equipment may not be safe for use.
  3. If you have arthritis, wear cushioned supportive shoes when walking. Avoid medium to high impact exercises like jumping jacks, burpees, and striking targets in martial arts. Follow your doctor’s guidelines for aerobics and strength training to avoid greater damage to your joints.
  4. Be sure you are doing exercises properly to avoid injury.
  5. Alternate explosive movements with no-impact movements. Avoid constantly making impact with the same exercises over and over.

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!

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