• Nisha Jackson, PhD

The Power of Light Impact Exercise

Exercise in 2019 can be a grueling proposition. Between the proliferation of extreme boot camp programs like CrossFit and the exploding popularity of competitive courses like Soul Cycle, it can be intimidating just heading to your neighborhood exercise class.


But it doesn’t need to be that way and you don’t need to burn yourself out to stay healthy. There’s no need – and it might even be counterproductive – to exhaust yourself in the gym or to commit to a frantic marathon schedule to keep in shape. You may find the best results and the greatest impact on your stress levels by embracing the power of low-impact exercise.

For my money, it doesn’t get much better than brisk walking and your knees will thank you for picking up the habit. Simply starting a walking program of 10-20 minutes a day can do wonders for your stress levels. Increase that to twice a day over time. I recommend heading out often without headphones or distracting yourself with a podcast; while it is a blessing of our age that we can learn on the go, there is something deeply restorative about a long walk in silence. It will do your brain a world of good.


There’s a reason why we say you have to learn to walk before you run. If you’re easing into a new exercise program and don’t want to burn yourself out, consider the incredibly recuperative effects of a light cardio program heavy on walking. You’ll be glad that you did.

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*this degree is from an unaccredited college and is not approved for use in Oregon