Being physically active is important regardless of your age. Regular exercise keeps you mentally alert, emotionally sound and physically healthy. Engaging in regular physical activity is directly linked to a reduced chance of chronic illness and a fuller life as we age.

But for a few of us, physical activities can present a problem. For example, you might have physical limitations that might prevent you from engaging in high-impact sporting activities. That means rugby on Tuesdays with the boys is out of the question. Summer also poses a threat due to the higher risk of dehydration and the possibility of heat stroke.

One way you can minimize the problems associated with high-impact sports and activities is by avoiding them in favor of low-impact activities. The great part about doing this is that you will still enjoy the health benefits of regular exercise, it just won’t take a toll on your body.

Northern Colorado Laser and Skin, your source for Coolsculpting in Greeley, offers these low-impact activities and exercises to help keep you fit this summer.

Walking

Walking is a great low-impact activity that allows you to socialize while getting fit. The great thing about walking is that you don’t need any special equipment. All you have to do is walk around your neighborhood or on a trail. If the weather is bad, head over to the mall and take a walk.

Swimming

The best low-impact sport for maintaining overall physical health and can be done by anyone at almost any age is swimming. Swimming is a cardio activity, but it also will strengthen your muscles without negatively affecting your joints.

Pickleball

What is pickleball? Well, it is a lot like tennis, expect the court is smaller and it is a low-impact sport. You will enjoy hours of fun volleying the ball back and forth with your friends without the stress in your joints. Pickleball is a wonderful group activity which makes it a social event as well.

Gardening

Many of you might scoff at the notion of gardening being considered a form of exercise, but it is. If you have ever had a garden, then you know just how much work goes into it. You have to plant seeds, move plants around, weed the garden and dig holes for more plants, all which are considered low-impact activities.

In addition to being a great way to get some physical exercise, gardening also has a calming effect. And don’t forget about the rewards you get to reap in the fall at harvest.

Dancing

Dancing is a lot of fun, it is also a great way to get some exercise. The best part about dancing is that you get to choose the types of moves you want to groove and the type of music to dance to. One benefit of dancing is that it gets you to move all of your body parts. Since dancing is also a social event, it is a great way to spend some time with your friends.

Cycling

Cycling is yet another wonderful low-impact sport you can enjoy in the summer. It doesn’t matter if you are hitting the road on your road bike, enjoying a dirt trail on your mountain bike or simply riding down the street on your cruiser bike, you are getting a good workout.

Cycling can give you a difficult or gentle workout without putting stress on your body and joints. You can also cover a lot of ground on a bike, which is great if you are enjoying the scenery.

Rowing

Rowing has been around for a very long time, it was one of the first Olympic sports. Rowing is one of the few low-impact sports that works all of the major muscle groups in the body. It allows you to strengthen your arms, legs and back. Because of this, rowing burns more calories than cycling or running in the same amount of time.

Rowing machines are great, but you should really experience rowing in a body of water.

Pilates

Pilates is a wonderful option for those who desire a low-impact workout. Pilates will improve your posture, flexibility and muscle tone, it will also improve your balance, mood and it will help relieve tension.

After your Pilates class, visit Northern Colorado Laser and Skin and enjoy a rejuvenating massage.