Blog 1 June 2019

Top five low impact physical activities

We all know that being physically active is good for our bodies, but regular exercise can also be very beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing. As we become fitter, our bodies can better regulate our cortisol levels. Cortisol is a ‘stress hormone’ released in response to anxiety; so through doing exercise you are increasing your body’s tolerance to stress.

But exercising doesn’t always have to be physically challenging. So we’ve collated our top five low impact physical activities, which are all approved for your DofE Physical section.

1: Medau Movement
The Medau Movement is a creative system of exercise set to music, based on natural body movements. It will improve co-ordination, balance, and overall core strength.

2: Yoga
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

3: Pilates
Pilates aims to strengthen the body, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.

4: Tai Chi
Originally a Chinese martial art, Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements, improving posture, balance and muscle strength in the legs.

5: Walking
Walking is low impact, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active and become healthier.

For more inspiration on the wide variety of activities that count towards your DofE sections take a look at our programme ideas.

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