I don't get all these people who say that Zumba is not low-impact. It is as high or low impact as a person makes it. Show up early or stay late and ask your Zumba instructor for possible modifications to any high-impact moves, or simply look around in your class and notice other exercisers who come up with their own low-impact substitutions. For example instead of jumping, simply rise gently on the balls of the feet. Instead of twisting the knees in and out, just move the feet to the beat. Other people are in Zumba to get their own workout. They are not judging your modifications-- heck, some might even appreciate them and adopt them.
Some of these calorie burning estimates are way off. A 150 lb woman burns 1200 cal per hr for Kettlebell class? Seriously? I would count that hr long class as burning 360-420 calories. SparkPeople should not contribute to the phenomena of people thinking their workout burns more calories than it does, a common fallacy that prevents weight loss. Working with correct numbers is a must!
8/22/2013 10:19:40 AM
There is low impact zumba classes out there. What about rowing? That's low impact.
Great article. However i am very skeptical about calorie burn information. I have been doing kettle bell workouts and never burned so much in 1 hour as they promise in 30 minutes. Same goes for other types of exercising.
7/26/2013 2:01:17 PM
I wish there were some picture posted of chair exercise that I could do at work in my 8 hrs shift of sitting! =)
Zumba is definitely not low impact. I suffer from back and knee pain and my doctor told me to stop doing zumba because it was making my problems much worse. Maybe I'll try a kettle bell class though, I didn't realize they burned so many calories.
I don't consider many of these to be low impact for my health situation, but it I take the parts of each that I can do and go with that, then I see results. For instance I would not be able to last a zumba class, but put on a few oldies and dance with the parts of me that works, and I have a work out for as long as I can last. It would be low impact because I am not impacting those parts that could not stand up to the impact of harsh jumping or pounding. Throw in a few exercises to the beat and I have a pretty good work out, then add my recumbent bike and I have my program.
I also love Zumba, but it can be very hard on the knees, lots of twisting. I have heard there are classes that are toned down for physical issues, but I have not found any in my area yet. I have substituted a Jazzercise Light (lower impact) for Zumba, so I can still dance for some cardio.
6/29/2013 4:28:11 PM
Love the article. Wish there were more articles geared toward men
When you are overweight and have not been doing any or much exercise then every exercise seems hard! We live in northern Canada and a blackfly and bear area so we don't get out to walk like we would like to and have tons of snow in the winter. I find it easier and more convenient to walk or a slight jog in place for my daily routine especially to get me to start moving and exercise again. We all get too discouraged too fast! This really helps me!
I agree Zumba is definitely NOT low impact. I love Zumba, but it takes DAYS for my ankles to recover. They swell up and look like tennis balls afterwards! I have had to switch to walking. I am thinking about a beginning spin class next week, though.
"Of course boxing is low-impact. Low impact means only this: "[snip] at least one of your feet remains in contact with the ground at all times. " I've never seen boxers jump. ;) "
Then you haven't seen many boxers, have you? Even the article itself states that you'd have to skip a lot of the moves in a boxing workout [jump rope, jumping jacks, hinge kicks]. Which kind of disqualifies it, in my opinion.
i am in agreement with many of the others. Some of these low impact exercises highly impact and beat up your body Also I find it hard to imagine a stationary bike exercise burning essentially the same calories as a spin class - of course they can but the motivation provided by a spin teacher vs self is totally different for the majority of people. Anyone who can muster the self discipline to match a class likely does not need advise on how to burn calories. ps I've done both and I watch the sweat on my fellow spinners vs the sedate reading so often seen being done by those on the stationary bike
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