Low Resistance, High Reward: Books on the Benefits of Low Impact Movement

Books on low impact movements are rising in popularity as their benefits grow in discussion by fitness gurus and practitioners.

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Low-impact impact exercises are rising in popularity as social media influencers and practitioners promote their benefits, specifically for women. It can be nerve-racking to integrate these exercises when the fitness world is telling you to over-exert yourself with heavy weights and high-intensity movements. However, high-intensity workouts can increase cortisol production and disrupt your metabolism, which can be detrimental for those with thyroid or endocrine disorders.

Low-impact movements have been long discussed, with apprehension due to their misconstrued level of activity. However, soft workouts have incredible health benefits for people of all ages — and are truly quite challenging. If you are looking to test out a new mode of exercise, we have gathered some books to help you start.

One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life  by Eddie Stern

One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life  by Eddie Stern book cover
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Eddie Stern explores the profound impact of yoga on physical and mental health. Stern delves into scientific research to explain how yoga affects the body and mind, emphasizing its benefits for stress reduction, emotional balance, and overall well-being. He provides insights into the principles of yoga, blending traditional practices with modern scientific findings. Through practical guidance and accessible explanations, Stern makes a compelling case for incorporating yoga into daily life to achieve transformative health and wellness.

Dr. Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Medical Benefits of Yoga (Yoga for Health) by Nirmala Heriza

Dr. Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Medical Benefits of Yoga (Yoga for Health) by Nirmala Heriza
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Heriza dives into the extensive health benefits of yoga through a comprehensive lens. The book provides evidence-based insights into how yoga can improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It covers various medical conditions that yoga can positively impact, such as chronic pain, cardiovascular issues, mental health disorders, and stress-related ailments. Additionally, it offers practical guidance on integrating yoga into daily routines for enhanced overall health and longevity.

The Movement Therapy Deck: 52 Mindful Movement Exercises to Regulate Your Nervous System and Process Trauma by Erica Hornthal

Dr. Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Medical Benefits of Yoga (Yoga for Health) by Nirmala Heriza
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This book is a practical tool designed to support mental health and well-being through low-impact movement. Each card in the deck offers a specific exercise aimed at helping individuals regulate their nervous systems and address trauma. The deck encourages mindfulness and physical activity as therapeutic practices, making it accessible for people seeking to incorporate holistic approaches into their healing journeys. By engaging with these exercises, users can foster resilience, emotional stability, and a deeper connection with their bodies.

Finding a style of exercise that works for you is crucial for maintaining long-term motivation and overall well-being. It ensures that physical activity becomes an enjoyable and sustainable part of your routine, tailored to your individual needs and preferences. Ultimately, how you exercise is up to you. We hope these recommendations can act as a building block for your fitness journey.


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