What is low-intensity exercise?

In simple terms, it is an exercise that maintains a steady heart rate and happens for a prolonged period. Your heart stays at about 50% of your maximum heart rate, which is 220 minus your age.

What are the benefits?

Improved mental health

Did you know that a simple activity like walking for an hour daily can boost your mood and reduce anxiety and depression? Studies show that prolonged low-intensity exercises are good for enhancing mental health. It also helps increase energy making you happy.

Helps maintain a healthy weight

While plyometric and HIIT workouts are hyped for reducing body fat, I have witnessed my clients lose it with low-impact workouts. For example, running six miles every hour can cut the same calories as swimming for one hour. But you can imagine how much effort one uses in running compared to swimming or walking.

Limited injuries

Low impact workouts, including swimming, walking, and dancing to slower beats, give less tension to your joints. Even muscles get less stress, leaving them safe and energetic for another day’s session. Additionally, I usually recommend low impact workouts to clients requiring injury recovery.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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