What is the best exercise if I’m overweight?

What is the best exercise if I’m overweight?

Non-impact and low-impact exercise

The best exercise provides the least amount of impact or stress to your joints.

1. Non-Impact Exercise

Non-impact exercise means that your body weight is supported during the exercise, either by water, the seat of a machine, a chair or the floor.

Water Exercise:

Your body weight is supported by the buoyancy of the water in these exercises:

Exercise Machines:

Your weight is supported by the seat of these machines:

Chair or Mat Exercises:

A chair or the floor supports your body weight in these exercises:

2. Low-Impact Exercise

Low-impact exercise means that one foot is in contact with the ground at all times during the exercise.

Walking or Hiking:
Exercise Machines:
  • Elliptical machine or cross-trainer (calories burned)
  • Stairclimber
  • Stair stepper
  • Treadmill (if you’re walking)

Non-weight-bearing and low-impact exercises place less stress on your joints than high impact exercise such as running. Therefore you can reduce your risk of injury and/or pain while exercising.

Stephanie's Certifications and Experience
About the Author
Stephanie Averkamp

About the Author was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...

Stephanie Averkamp

Our Approach: Short-term solutions (like dieting) are unrealistic and ineffective because at some point they end. As soon as a diet or program ends, so do the results. Permanent weight loss is a journey; it's not a race or competition and there is no finish line. Read more...