High or Low Impact Workouts: Which is Better?
Andrew Parker - March 13, 2022

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

There are all kinds of different exercises out there, but so many options can create a lot of confusion for people. Should you be working out until you dripping in sweat? Should you opt for a more relaxed exercise? Working out is an important aspect of our lives. It helps to keep us healthy and boosts our moods. But we wanted to get some answers to figure out what kind of exercise would be best for our bodies.

 

Female friends stretching before exercise at park

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HIIT, otherwise known as High-Intensity Interval Training, is a term you’ve probably heard of over the last couple of years. This type of training can either be high impact or low impact and no matter which one you go for, you can still get a great sweat on. High impact training is exercises that put high levels of impact on your body and can be hard on the joints sometimes. High Impact involves a lot of jumping, specifically with two feet off the ground. Some examples include jump squats, jogging, and high knees. Low impact training, on the other hand, involves moves that have less impact on the body, such as walking, biking, and swimming. Low impact exercises are things like squats and pushups.

 

With high-impact exercise, you will burn more calories, but you also don’t want to overdo it or put unnecessary strain on your body. To test whether or not high impact is right for you, you need to test your body. The first is the jump test to see if your knees, ankles, or hips bother you when you jump. The next test is the plank test where you need to ask yourself whether your shoulders or wrists hurt while in plank position. The last evaluation is the jog test to see if your knees, ankles, or hips bother you while jogging. By answering these questions, you can determine which exercises are safest and more efficient for your body. It is also a way of honoring and listening to your body.