In a fitness world where everyone seems to be joining CrossFit and signing up for Tough Mudders, low impact workouts can seem like a quaint idea. Most people dismiss low impact workouts as best suited for the 65-and-over set, but in reality, everyone can benefit from adding low impact workouts to their routines. What exactly is a low impact workout, anyway? They’re usually defined as ones that keep one foot on the ground at all times. In this way, they reduce wear and tear on joints and can be a good way to keep your body moving even if it’s not functioning at full capacity. Here are some of the best low impact workouts that you should consider adding to your repertoire. Swimming There is a myth that low impact means low intensity, but no exercise proves that wrong than swimming. Swimming is amazing total body workout, providing both cardio and bodyweight training benefits. Since the water supports you as you swim, this workout is easy on the knees and can be a great alternative to running. Walking Walking as a workout? It might seem silly to hardcore gym rats, but it’s true that walking can be both low impact and good exercise. New research shows that replacing some of your sitting time (at a desk, on the couch, or otherwise) with even a short walk can dramatically reduce risk of chronic disease and lengthen lifespan. Elliptical If you happen to love the gym but can’t bear to go below 6 MPH on the treadmill, swap in some time on the elliptical. Not only will you elevate your heart rate, but your feet also stay on the machine the whole time, making this workout very low impact. Yoga You might be surprised at how much of a workout yoga can be – if you want it to be. The nice thing about yoga is it can be anything from a chill meditation to a sweaty, heart-pumping workout, depending on the class you choose. If you have any concerns about injuries, talk to the teacher before class. Then they can help you modify poses to suit your current needs. Strength Training As long as you’re not performing any plyometric movements, strength training is one type of exercise that keeps both feet planted firmly on the ground. If you’re worried about your knees, steer clear of heavy squats or other lower body exercises that might risk further injury. Instead, focus on that upper body burn with lateral pull-downs, overhead press, and bench press. Whether you’re nursing an injury, have bad knees, or simply want to take preventative measures, take these low impact workouts for a test drive. They might even become part of your regular routine!