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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,914
10/28/14 9:19 P


No, I did mean impact.

In the context of the earlier poster mentioning knee pain, you need to GRADUALLY increase your exposure to impact. Going too far too soon in terms of impact can hurt. But sticking with very low impact forms of exercise means your body will never adapt. The trick is finding something with higher impact than you are used to, but low enough that you can tolerate.


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10/17/14 10:08 A

Motivatedatlast - Do you really mean moderate to high impact or do you mean moderate to high intensity? Just curious. I would say that running is high impact and high intensity, but riding a bike or even using the rowing machine could be low impact but moderate to high intensity (and both are a great deal lighter on the knees).

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10/17/14 6:03 A

Try wearing shoes designed for dance- like ballet slippers or jazz shoes. They're made for twisting and pivoting so they don't grip the floor like sneakers.

Edited by: NEPTUNE032701 at: 10/17/2014 (06:06)
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10/17/14 4:58 A

I also exercise daily morning on Custom Rugs in my living room.. Daily exercise helps the people to be healthy and active for whole day..

Edited by: JOHN_GRIFFIN at: 10/17/2014 (05:02)
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3/27/14 11:48 A

If you have a pair of shoes you do not mind messing up and can keep just for working out try lining the bottom with Duct tape. Simple , cheap and it works!! I Teach Zumba and my club has rug in it's fitness room. This is a good alternative to spending a lot of money on specialty shoes. I have done both,,,good luck!!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,914
3/18/14 6:00 P

"Low impact" is not the same thing as "low intensity". It is perfectly possible to do very high intensity exercise (eg. cycling) that is low impact.

While your fitness can increase quite quickly with regular exercise, it takes a lot longer for your leg muscles and tendons to adapt to the higher impact.

If you are getting pain in your knees, then that is a strong sign you should back off and look at some alternative forms of exercise (at least until your legs can adapt to the impact). Of course, if you ONLY do low impact exercise, your legs will never adapt.

Aim at moderate to high impact exercise 2-3 times per week (and keep the duration down when starting out), with low to moderate impact exercise on other days. This exposes your legs to higher impact activity, and triggers the need to adapt, while giving your body enough time to recover and for your leg muscles, tendons and bones to actually get stronger.


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3/18/14 3:34 P

Have you gotten responses on this? I am having this problem now doing the T25 workouts. My knees are killing me because of it. I really don't want to do the "Low impact" exercise to avoid this because I can do the actual exercise, it's just killing my knees.

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6/7/13 9:57 P

I exercise at home on carpet in my living room (with DVD's such as Zumba, Hip Hop Abs, TurboFire, etc.) I do it barefoot and have learned to lift my foot slightly as I pivot so that I don't twist on the carpet and risk hurting my knees and ankles -- or cause friction with the floor.

I am 58 years old and that method has worked for me for 5.5 years. I have had no injuries while exercising.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 6/7/2013 (21:57)
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6/7/13 9:41 A

I have one of those puzzle mat things, and it's ok. My big complaint with it though is that the puzzle wants to come apart if I have to do like jumping jacks, or anything kind of like that. Being inside is better than not exercising at all. I make it work.

6/6/13 11:14 P

I am an advocate of being barefoot for all workouts even the so called high impact ones. The feet have muscles which also need to be exercised in order to ensure good foot health. The use of high cushion shoes will degrade the quality of your workout and not aid in preventing injury.

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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6/6/13 7:32 P

I agree with Megadancin - try barefoot.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
6/6/13 12:26 P

If it's low impact, is exercising in socks or bare feet an option? When I worked out at home, I would only put on shoes if it was high impact (lots of jumping) or if there were weights involved.

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6/6/13 11:58 A

Or maybe different shoes. Like zumba shoes or bowling shoes. However those aren't too great if your workouts are fairly high impact. They also have those mat puzzle piece things at sporting good stores. They provide more cushion but also a flatter surface.

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6/6/13 11:52 A

What about one of those hard plastic sheets that some people have in home offices where they have carpet so their chair can roll? I'm pretty sure those come in a big variety of sizes that you can get the one that will work for you!

BETE2013 Posts: 61
6/6/13 11:48 A

I have limited space in my living room in front of the tv to do my workouts. All are low impact but some involve twists, pivots, etc. It's hard to do some of them because of the friction between my shoe and the carpet. Any ideas to improve this? Anyone know of a mat of some sort that might help? It would have to be something that's easily moved and stored so I don't have to use it as a permanent living room rug. ha! Any ideas would be appreciated.

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