LOW-IMPACT ALTERNATIVES TORUNNING K eep Y ourself A ctive W ithout the I nflammation
I have always loved March. As a child, March meant that winter was over, days were getting longer and warmer, and spring break and summer were right around the corner. Now that I’m an adult, March means better golf weather and college basketball’s March Madness. My wife, two daughters, and I always have a fun contest every year by filling out our tournament bracket predictions. Even though I have always been a basketball enthusiast, I am usually the first one in the family to “bust” the bracket. It’s a good thing I didn’t choose sports gambling for a profession! March is also the birthday month of my youngest daughter, Allee. I can’t believe my baby is turning 18 years old on March 7. My how time flies! Seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. Most importantly, March always means that with spring comes Easter. As we enter into this Easter season, let’s remind ourselves of all of our many blessings, especially those blessings we take for granted. FROM THE DESK OF Mark Petro –Mark Petro
Running is a great way to stay in shape and reap the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, but unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. If you’re recovering from an injury or experiencing chronic pain from inflammation, running might be too intense of an exercise for you. These limitations affect more than just physical fitness — they limit your overall quality of life. Running is a high-impact workout that takes a severe toll on muscles and joints. In many cases, the inflammation caused by the impact of running can be so severe that simple tasks like walking or getting out of bed become major challenges. Even if running is possible, it might not be the best workout strategy for you. Here are four low-impact exercises that will keep you fit and help you achieve your training goals. ALTERNATIVES TO RUNNING E lliptical An elliptical machine gives you all the benefits of running without the impact. It gives you the ability to push your cardio barriers while working similar muscle groups. Many adults with joint pain thrive on the elliptical because of how easy it is to use. It’s a running machine that keeps your feet from ever hitting the ground. The lack of impact translates to much less stress on your joints and bones, and less pain overall. Y oga Yoga is a great way to get an awesome workout while avoiding the constant shock of running. The benefits are different, but it drastically minimizes joint stress. The wide array of classes allows you to get the exact workout you need. Whether it’s a casual class to get you loosened up or an intense hot yoga session, this ancient practice is an amazing way to sustain peak physical fitness.
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