Remember; please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Power, or the ability to produce force quickly, is an important component to an exercise program. Power training is metabolically demanding, creating an increased calorie burn, and not only is it vital to athletics, but also to activities of daily living such as looking after children, running up stairs, leaping, bounding, moving swiftly, or preventing falls.
Power decreases significantly as we age, and this can lead to an increased risk of falling and serious related injuries. However, traditional power exercises bring to mind high-impact jump training, think box jumps, squat jumps, or burpees, which when done properly can be great exercises but aren’t always appropriate for everyone.
For those with excess body fat, joint issues, physical limitations, or novice exercisers; lower impact power exercises might be a more suitable option. Below are some instructional videos of low-impact power exercises for you to try in your next workout.
- Can be done from the knees or standing
- Focus on slamming the ropes down instead of making waves
Medicine Ball Front Throw
- Can also be done from the knees or standing
- Either throw to a partner or against a strong wall
3 Medicine Ball Rotation Exercises
- Can also be thrown to a partner or against a strong wall
- Find another version using a pair of dumbbells here.
- For additional tips, check out my post here.
Stay tuned for next week when I’ll cover higher impact power exercises!