Low Impact Exercises

By Michelle Duclos ATC/Sports Medicine Director

Low Impact Exercises

Low impact exercises put less stress on the body’s joints and bones such as the ankle, knee, hip or back. It can be used to alleviate pain in joints due to injury or being overweight. People who train long miles for marathons, triathlons, or just for fun are doing these exercises as a cross training because it can be beneficial to give your body a break. Some examples of these exercises are listed below.

Examples of low impact exercises

Riding a Bike

Riding a bike is one of the best low impact exercises due to it being not weight bearing through any joint.

Elliptical/Cross Trainer

This is considered a lower impact exercise but because you are are weight bearing through your joints, it is not as good as swimming or biking.


This is another great low impact exercise.  You just need to be careful with kick turns.


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