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Desert Pepper Salsa & Dips – Mexican Cuisine

Desert Pepper: The Most Authentic Salsa

Salsa has been a popular condiment in North America for a long time. It’s a kitchen staple and the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican or southwestern dish or snack. The right salsa can make a bag of tortillas that much more addictive, and when it has all-natural ingredients and is low in carbs, it’s that much better. Desert Pepper is one brand of low carb salsa that is still bold and savoury.

About Desert Pepper

The Desert Pepper Trading Company operates on the Texas, Mexico and New Mexico border, giving its products the authentic taste of three influential regions. It’s salsa line includes a buffet of bold classic southwestern flavours like Pineapple, Tequila, Diablo Hot, Del Rio Medium, Divino Mild, Peach Mango, Roasted Tomato Chipotle Corn and Fire-Roasted Habanero. It is one of the most popular specialty salsas on the market. Shop all Desert Pepper Salsa.

Desert Pepper Salsa includes ingredients that are natural and recognizable like tomatoes, New Mexico green chiles, onions, salt, lime juice, spice, garlic and cilantro.

Spicy or Savoury

One of the most appealing features of most Mexican or Southwest cuisine is the heat and spice. Desert Pepper Salsa Diablo Hot or XXX Fire-Roasted Habanero can add the right amount of heat and spice to your meal and lets you control the amount of heat. If you prefer milder heat but still desire bold flavour, you can use Salsa Divino Medium or Mild instead.

For fans of sweeter fare, try the pineapple or mango salsa. These interesting flavours have a delicious tang and add a unique and fruity flavour profile to traditional recipes.

A Healthy Alternative

Desert Pepper’s salsa is all-natural and low carb, much healthier when compared to other popular brands of salsas and dips. It’s wheat and gluten-free with zero grams of fat and only 1-3 grams of carbs per serving. You can enjoy it as part of your snack regiment without the guilt and it is an amazing compliment to taco night with the family.

By using a lean protein and whole wheat tortillas, you can turn any Mexican dish into a healthy meal that doesn’t sacrifice flavour or satisfaction.

Popular Recipes

Desert Pepper salsas pairs perfectly with beef, chicken or fish, making it an essential ingredient for many classic or modern Mexican recipes. One popular recipe is the classic Huevos Rancheros. For this recipe, take a warm corn tortilla, top it with a perfectly poached egg and smother with Desert Pepper’s Salsa Divino that’s been warmed on the stovetop. A sprinkle of cheese and your breakfast is good to go.

Another perfect use for the Desert Pepper Salsa Diablo is with grilled fish tacos. Simply grill your favourite white fish and warm the tortilla. Assemble the taco by placing the charred fish in the tortilla and guacamole on top. Salsa Diablo will add the heat and even more flavour. A squeeze of lime and garnish with cilantro and you’re good to go.


You don’t have to give up taste to enjoy salsa that is low carb and wheat and gluten free. Desert Pepper Salsa is one of the most delicious condiments available.

Whatever Mexican or Southwest flavours you enjoy, Desert Pepper has an option to elevate your dishes or snacks. Sweet flavours like mango and pineapple can add a twist to traditional recipes so you’ll never get bored.

We bet if you give these salsas a try, you’ll never go back and won’t miss carbs one bit. They’re the perfect addition to any Mexican fiesta!

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10 Amazing Low Carb Snacks – Bread, Wraps & More

Top 10 Low Carb Products

The Low carb movement is a bit of a diet rarity, having withstood the test of time and avoided the dreaded “fad” label. This is probably because it doesn’t require much sacrifice and offers so many delicious alternatives. Our job is to make sure people are aware of what low carb product are available, so they can incorporate them into their regular meal and snacking routines.

Let’s review 10 of the best low carb products that are available that can spruce up your salads, sandwiches, desserts and snack time.

Salad Dressings

 Walden Farms

There’s no point in eating a healthy salad if you’re just going to cover it with unhealthy dressing. Luckily for salad lovers, Walden Farms has an excellent line of dressings that will make your salads pop with flavours like bacon ranch, balsamic vinaigrette, and creamy Italian.

Walden Farms salad dressing line is made from natural ingredients like organic soy, ginger, lemon juice, crushed garlic, dijon mustard, and fresh herbs and spices. It’s perfect for a Caesar, garden, cobb, caprese or a variety of Asian inspired salads. It even works well when added to turkey burgers or salmon dishes.

Fresh Dress

Fresh Dress offers a homemade approach to low carb salad dressing. Their addictive flavours include Green Goddess, and the uniquely cheesy Wicked Caesar. Your salads won’t suffer and your health and waistline will thank you.


Bakers Deluxe

The thought of a life without bread makes a lot of people discard the idea of low carb. Well, we’re here to tell you that Bakers Deluxe offers bread products that are crusty around the edges, pillowy in the middle and elevate any sandwich. With only 1 gram of net carbs you can indulge in a guilt-free bread bounty.


A fit for most low carb diets, Betty Frozen Light Bread is tasty and can be used for any meal or recipe that calls for bread. Made from 100% whole wheat flour, these loaves are healthy and full of fiber.

Cheese Snacks

 Just the Cheese

Cheese snacks can be crunchy or soft, and are synonymous with being packed with carbohydrates. Just the Cheese uses top quality Wisconsin cheese to craft the perfect snack for your savoury taste buds, while fitting perfectly into any low carb diet.

A ton of flavours—Crunchy Jalapeno, Nacho, Sour Cream and Onion—keep things fresh and replace your usual cheese snacks like Doritos and Cheetos. High protein and the crunch that people crave from their snacks.

Moon Cheese

There’s nothing quite like the crunch of a cheese snack. Moon cheese offers that crunch along with a wallop of cheddar, gouda or pepper jack flavour. As satisfying as any popular chip brand. Once you try one, making the switch will be easy.

Baking Mixes

Wheat Free Market

A baked good is only as delicious as its ingredients! Wheat Free Market is a quick mix that saves time and produces fluffy baked goods. With only 2g of carbs, it can be used in most baking recipes, even those found in the Wheat Belly 30 Minutes (or less!) cookbook.


Do you enjoy eating soft biscuits, scones and pancakes? Carbquik can make perfect versions of these popular foods with a minimal amount of carbs, sodium and calories and no sugar alcohols. Every baked good lover will enjoy this baking mix that works like traditional brands.

Diabetic Kitchen

While its name might sound like this product is only for people with diabetes, it’s a great low carb alternative for anyone who enjoys baked goods. Diabetic Kitchen allows your you to bake banana muffins, chocolate muffins and chocolate brownies that will be scrumptious each and every time.

Protein Ice Cream

Cool Whey

One of the coolest low carb products on the market is Cool Whey, which contains 60 g of protein. It replaces fatty ice creams with a smooth texture and rich body that will remind frozen treat fans of their favourite brands. It’s an innovative option to quench a sweet tooth and replace protein bars and shakes.


How great is it that you can enjoy your favourite foods and not worry that you’re eating something that is high in carbs? These products can give you the feeling of guiltless satisfaction without the frustration that comes with sacrificing your health goals. There are a ton of options, all of which are tasty and healthy.

Give these products a try and you’ll love all the flavour and health rewards that they offer!

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Proper Stretching Tips for the Office

Proper Stretching Tips for the Office

Sitting at a desk for hours every day might seem normal and inconsequential to your health. The truth is that most office workers sit in the same position, moving their muscles in repetitive motions week over week, doing some serious harm to their bodies. This can cause pain to your neck, shoulder, lower back and lead to obesity, musculoskeletal disorders, joint pain and even more stress.

We want to introduce you to some stretching tips that can make all the difference to your day and your health. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes a day, and can be done right at your desk! You might even become the department hero by taking a little time every day to focus on yourself.

Let’s review some proper stretches that you can perform while at your desk.

Dangers of Sitting at the Computer

Sitting at a computer for 40 hours a week might sound boring but it’s actually a health hazard. Research shows that being stationary in the sitting position is linked to several health issues like high blood sugar and cholesterol. Things get even bleaker when you consider that this lack of activity increases the risk of death and cardiovascular disease.

Sitting at your desk for long periods of time can have you feeling more stressful and worsen your mental health. Luckily, some simple changes can reduce the negative impact you could experience from sitting at your desk for too long.

Benefits of Stretching

Stretching once a day while you are still seated can help improve your health and make you feel better. It can help reduce the risk of sprains, strains and pain in your lower back, shoulders, neck and knees. Someone who stretches daily will be less susceptible to rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis and tennis elbow.

Stretching makes your body feel looser and can improve your productivity. It keeps the blood flowing and helps supply nutrients to muscles and tissues. By making stretching a habit you will feel less tired and more comfortable.

Remember to breathe normally throughout the stretches. Don’t push yourself too hard as comfort is key and hurting yourself would be counterproductive.

Don’t Mind your Surroundings

Surprisingly, an office is the perfect environment to perform a quick series of stretches. Your chair offers support and these stretches don’t require any fancy fitness apparel. Don’t worry about feeling self-conscious. These stretches don’t require any revealing or suggestive positioning. Most can be done without drawing attention to what you’re doing.

After doing these stretches a few days in a row, we’d be surprised if a bunch of your colleagues didn’t join in.

Upper Body Stretches

Try these upper body stretches that can be done while seated at your desk. They will help your shoulders, sides, arms and upper back feel looser and will make you feel more relaxed. Follow these simple instructions to properly perform each stretch while at your desk.

Triceps Stretches

Start your routine with an easy and effective triceps stretch.

  1. Raise your arm behind your head.
  2. With your other hand grab your elbow and pull slightly.
  3. Hold for up to 30 seconds.
  4. Switch arms and repeat.

Low-Back Rotation Stretch

A stretch that helps the soft tissue of your back and spine. It’s recommended that you do this stretch once an hour, and works best when paired with a brisk walk.

  1. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor.
  2. Rotate your upper body to one side.
  3. When rotated, hold onto the chair for support and to get a deeper stretch. It’s normal to feel some tension in your lower back.
  4. Take six deep breaths before returning to the starting position.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Upper Body and Arm Stretch

This stretch will help your shoulders and upper arms.

  1. Raise your arms above your hand.
  2. Interlock your fingers.
  3. Stretch your arms up, then lower for up to 30 seconds.

Forward Stretch

This is a wonderful stretch for those who experience upper back pain while sitting at their desk.

  1. Extend your arms in front of you, keeping them as straight as possible.
  2. Lower your head so that it is almost tucked within your arms.
  3. Lean forward with as much force that is comfortable.
  4. Hold for up to 30 seconds.

 Neck Stretches

A comprehensive neck stretch is a relaxing and calming end to your office stretching.

  1. Relax and tilt your head forward.
  2. Slowly move your head towards one side and hold for up to 10 seconds.
  3. Repeat for the other side.
  4. Do this stretch three times for each side with short breaks in between.

Lower Body Stretches

Here are a series of lower body stretches to alleviate tension in your knees, legs, hamstrings. Follow these simple instructions to properly perform each stretch while at your desk.

Hamstring Stretches

This stretch will make your legs feel looser and is great for runners, walkers or for those who are generally active after work.

  1. Extend both legs outward. It’s normal to feel a little tension in your hamstrings at this point.
  2. Reach towards your toes. Don’t fret if you can’t make it all the way.
  3. Hold for up to 30 seconds.
  4. Do this stretch three times.

 Hip and Knee Flexion Stretch

Add this stretch to your routine if you experience even slight hip and knee pain.

  1. Lean back in your chair.
  2. Hug one knee as close as possible to your chest.
  3. Hold your leg in this position for up to 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat using your other knee.

Seated Glute Stretch

  1. This stretch improves flexibility and can reduce the discomfort of sitting.
  2. Bring one ankle onto the knee of your other leg.
  3. Keep your back straight.
  4. Lean forward. It’s normal to feel some tension in your glutes at first.
  5. Push gently on your knee with your hand.
  6. Inch forward as far as you comfortably can.
  7. Hold for up to 20 seconds.
  8. Switch sides.


 We hope you don’t need any more convincing to try these quick, helpful and rejuvenating stretches. In addition to positive health benefits, by making a habit of taking a break from work to stretch you’ll be able to do your job better and reduce stress and frustrations. It’s a proven way to recoup a little part of your day, and will make the afternoon fly by with greater ease.

Give these office stretches a try and you’ll feel great!

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Fun Outdoor Summer Adventures in Ontario

Plan Fun Outdoor Adventures this Summer

To make your summer even more fun, plan some amazing adventures that are not only fun, but things that your friends and family will never forget. There’s nothing about the summer that screams “let’s stay indoors”, so plan some outings that’ll get you out in the sun.

In this article, we’ll provide you with some adventurous ideas that are perfect for summertime fun. There are options that a whole group can enjoy or even a few options if you are looking for some solo exploration. Ontario is a wondrous province filled with sweeping vistas, pristine nature and compelling history. It’s a great place to discover and build memories to get you through the winter.

Urban Hiking & Biking Trails

Let’s start with some urban adventure right in the GTA. Most Torontonians don’t realize that there are an abundance of hiking trails through the city, where you can see lots of great nature and experience the city in a different way.  You can hike along the Rouge River Trail, enjoying the meadows and wetlands. You can walk the trails that run along High Park in Toronto’s west end, where many rare plant species exist. There’s the six kilometer stretch of the Humber River Valley, but beware because some of this trail is unpaved. There are miles of biking trails in the Don Valley, with beautiful trees, rolling hills, and rivers – you’d never know you were in the center of a city with almost 6 million people.

There are about another dozen trails inside or near the city that are a lot of fun to explore in the summer. Set aside a few July weekends to test them out. It’s great exercise and there’s a lot to see along the way.

The Ottawa River

The Ottawa River is not only calm and beautiful; it is some of the most intense white water rafting you can experience in Canada. Adventure seekers can get their thrill by navigating extreme rapids while families and first-timers can enjoy gentler rapids. Most adventure companies operating out of the area offer weekend packages and there’s a lot of great camping.

Prince Edward County: The Taste Trail

Not all adventures need to get the pulse racing. In Prince Edward County, an island on the north shore of Lake Ontario, you can fill a day or two with a combination of cuisine, waterfalls, beach activities and even stop by a cheese mill. This picturesque area offers upscale dining operated by noted chefs, wineries and antique shopping. It’s a unique gem tucked within Ontario.

Prince Edward County is home to restaurants like Blumen Garden Bistro and East & Main. With a full stomach, you can end your afternoon relaxing on Ontario’s only white sand beaches. Stay a day or spend the night, either way you can’t go wrong!

Rideau Canal

Even though it might be more synonymous with winter pleasure, the Rideau Canal offers a ton of enjoyable summer activities. You can go boating, jogging, walking or even tour the region while on a bicycle or rollerblades. You can get exercise while enjoying Ottawa’s natural beauty and a place that draws tourists from across Canada. You can tour different bridges, enjoy a light show and even end your day with a tour of Parliament Hill.

Enjoy a Picnic

Toronto is home to some ideal picnic spots. On Queen’s Quay, you can head to the Toronto Music Garden to enjoy a picnic surrounded by compelling architecture and nice music. There’s hiking trails, green space and picnic benches at Ashbridges Bay along Lake Shore Blvd. Or you can find a spot in Toronto’s most popular picnic area, Trinity Bellwoods Park, and utilize their baseball diamonds, wading pool or tennis courts. In the east end, there’s Riverdale Park where you can take in the Toronto skyline while enjoying some lunch sprawled across its lawn.

Learning can be Adventurous

Ontario is filled with nature and history. Consider visiting areas of the province that offer interesting and engaging learning opportunities. There are guided wildlife photography tours, Spirit Walks where you can learn about Indigenous history, foraging and bird watching. Art lovers can use work by the Group of Seven to plan adventures to explore Ontario’s rugged scenery and landscape, which inspired these artists to create their iconic work.

There are group activities and tours for those who are new to nature, and want some help to better understand how to enjoy nature and where to go to truly experience all that it has to offer.

Scarborough Bluffs

A hidden treasure deep within Scarborough is the Scarborough Bluffs, which feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of Toronto. It’s a place for fishing fans to head out onto the lake for a day of salmon fishing.

If fishing isn’t your thing, there’s bike trails, a swimming beach and splash pad for the kids, washroom and changeroom facilities, outdoor showers, picnic sites, plenty of parking and more. The Bluffs are a wonderful place for an outdoor adventure for a group of friends or an entire family.

Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak

Have you ever tried a paddle sport? If not, spend a summer day at Toronto Harbourfront. With a full range of canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and safety gear available to rent, water sports enthusiasts of all skill levels can enjoy a day out on the water canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding, or simply hop into the lake to cool off.

It’s a relaxing way to escape the city, find some peace and quiet or rev up your competitive engine in a water competition with other participants.


Collingwood is a fun place in every season, offering a ton of summer activities like mountain biking and spelunking. People flock to Collingwood all summer long to explore the caves of the Niagara Escarpment. Not for the claustrophobic but if you can deal with tight spaces, you’ll get to experience underground freshwater springs. While in Collingwood, you can relax in one of the pubs or restaurants in the village. There’s also tennis, golf and a rope course that’s fun and adventurous for all ages.


Summer is the best time to get outdoors and discover something new. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to try out some new activities. Whether you love good food, a pleasant hike or overcoming intense rapids, Ontario has a plethora of outdoor fun to make sure you are getting some sun and a bit of exercise.

We hope this article has given you some good ideas and that you spend the summer exploring new activities that might just become seasonal traditions.

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Essential Workout Gear for 2018

Essential Workout Gear to Get Fit this Spring

The snow has thawed. The cold has moved on. It’s time to pull yourself off the couch, put the parka in storage, get outside and get fit! As spring approaches, it’s common to want to get outside more and focus on your health as you work to get your body back into shape. With the right workout gear designed to help you get fit, you can be on your way to looking and feeling great this spring!

In this article, we’ll provide a list of essential workout gear to help you get fit this spring. This gear will cover different aspects of your body, all focused on giving you a leg up and maximizing your performance.

FlipBelt Zipper

 Belts aren’t typically synonymous with workout gear but they should be. People who try workout belts get annoyed when the belt rides up, it’s lack of storage or its bulkiness. FlipBelt stays in place on your hips. With zippered pockets, large enough to carry a smartphone, you’ll have ample storage for your items as you jog or hike. This belt features three other storage compartments to carry an energy bar, credit card and your keys.

The FlipBelt is machine washable, immune to moisture and is adorned with a reflective safety strip for those who like to go running at night.

Lululemon Twill Chill Shorts

 You need to be comfortable when exercising, so make sure you have a pair of shorts that stretch, cool your lower body and can keep you dry. A popular pair of shorts among workout enthusiasts are the Lululemon Twill Chill Shorts for Men.

These shorts are comfortable enough to wear casually and are perfect for a rough workout at the gym. Made from stretchy material that is also sweat-wicking, the shorts are essential if your workout routines include heavy amounts of cardio. They’ll stay dry and keep your lower body cool. In typical Lululemon fashion, they are versatile and stylish with a simple look.

Jabra Sport Coach Headphones

There are a lot of fashionable, noise-cancelling headphones on the market. The Jabra Sport Coach Headphones were made to connect you with personalized fitness coaching. By downloading the Jabra Sport Life app and entering your health information and workout goals, you can receive tailored and customized workouts. This digital personal trainer will give you tips on technique and nifty reminders on form as you exercise. It even features a real-time rep count. Best of all, it works with whatever music you are listening to and comes with a noise cancellation feature.

PowerBlock Dumbbells

PowerBlock is an innovative dumbbell set with adjustable weight that has become a favourite of many online fitness stars and athletes. They’re pricey (a set ranges from $300-$800) but are essential gear for those looking to tone their muscles and not take up a lot of room in their home.

By purchasing The U33 set, you can replace 25 pairs of dumbbells and over 800 lbs. of equipment weight. Whoever you share your home with will thank you for this purchase.

You can adjust the weight of the PowerBlock Dumbbells by sliding the selector pin into the desired weight.

There will be a lot of different exercises you can choose from based on the muscle you want to focus on. The U33 set go up to 125 lbs., so as you grow stronger you won’t outgrow this set. In fact, you can start light in the early spring and increase the weight as you build up your strength closer to the summer.

Under Armour Perpetual ½ Zip for Women

Under Armour apparel is known for its cutting-edge details and sleek styles that can help you get fit. The Under Armour Perpetual ½ zip for Women is made from comfortable fabrics that can stretch as your workout intensifies. Breathable and supportive, its design conceals without any additional bulk and allows you to stretch and turn in any direction.

Light, durable and made with thumbholes to keep sleeves in place, this piece of apparel is a game-changer that will have you working out for longer and with much greater comfort.

Adidas PureBoost Xpose for Women

Runners need a strong pair of supportive, durable running shoes. Adidas offers a pair that are all those things plus have a flexible arch that feels natural. The PureBoost Xpose for women has a mesh top for breathability so your feet feel great as you run and jump. These high-performance running shoes have a bounce that takes some getting used to but they support the foot while absorbing the impact. Responsive and cushioned, this shoe is designed to release energy and tension to help you propel forward or push-off.

This is a great shoe for women who want to work out for longer and burn more calories, without experiencing any foot pain or wearing down their foot apparel.

Hydro Flask

Your gym bag needs a proper water bottle so that you can stay hydrated. The Hydro Flask keeps your sport liquids cold for up to 24 hours and can keep hot liquids warm for up to 6 hours. This bottle has a comfortable grip that is resistant to condensation and won’t slip out of your sweaty hand. The spout makes for easy delivery.

The Hydro Flask comes with a lifetime warranty, is BPA-free, and will quickly become your favourite workout buddy.

 Glutenull Raw Energy Bars

Get fit means pushing your body to its limits and exerting a ton of energy. You’ll need to replenish your body with a healthy energy bar. The Glutenull line of energy bars is raw, low sugar, organic, vegan, gluten-free and low in carbs. They’re a delicious alternative to a lot of energy bars sold at gyms that contain artificial ingredients, carbs and sugar. Glutenull comes in chia, goji berry, hemp and coco d’lish flavours.

Check out this line of energy bars or to purchase them.


When spring rolls around, most people feel an urge to get out and get fit. By using any of these pieces of essential workout gear, you can get in shape while feeling comfortable and maximizing your efforts. Each product was created to help you work out for longer and get healthy faster.

We’re sure that by giving any of these products a chance, you’ll agree that they make working out more fun and will give you more confidence to achieve your fitness goals. They are sure to become staples in your gym bag.

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Get Fit With Different Types of Exercise

Exercise – What Level of Impact is Right for you?

Have you ever entered a gym and felt overwhelmed by the rows of expensive equipment and other members strutting around in peak physical shape?

Exercise is an important part of life and necessary to make sure you are living well and able to do the activities you love for as long as possible. Exercising in an inefficient or ineffective way won’t help you achieve your fitness goals. You must determine what exercise will work best for your body and will deliver the results that you want.

In this article, we’re going to compare the three levels of exercise impact—high, low and none—and help you understand the result you can expect based on each level. In addition, we’ll showcase a few popular exercises for each level to help you plan your routine and know what to do the next time you head to the gym.

Exercise Categories

Generally, there are four broad categories of exercises—endurance/cardio, strength, balance and flexibility. Each of the below categories is designed to help you accomplish a different part of fitness.

  • Endurance, or cardio, which usually includes aerobic exercises, helps get your heart rate up to improve circulation and improve the health of your heart and lungs.
  • Strength is to strengthen your muscles and involves weight lifting and resistance training.
  • Balance is great for older adults and works the lower body, with Tai Chi being one example.
  • Then, there’s flexibility, which stretch muscles and help you stay limber. The most popular examples of flexibility exercises are yoga and pilates.

The first step is to decide what area of fitness you want to improve and then design a plan that can make it happen!

What Impact is Best?

There are three levels of impact for most types of exercise. This also applies to the level of intensity for a workout. Choosing high, low or no impact depends on your ability, health and personal goals. Sometimes impact is confused with intensity but it’s important to know the difference. Impact is the force your body will need to perform an exercise and intensity is more concerned with the level of difficulty. Every exercise has separate impact and intensity levels.

Let’s review the different types of impact:

High Impact

High impact refers to the force of your body that you need to use to properly do an exercise. The more muscles you must work and the greater amount of force your muscles must exert, the higher the impact will be. High impact exercises include running, sprinting and exercises where you land hard on the ground. For many, these types of exercises are more difficult. With any exercise, you don’t want to suffer an injury, so don’t be shy about trying lower or no impact options, if those are easier.

Low Impact

Swimming is the best example of low impact as your body doesn’t have to experience a lot of pounding as your muscles exert force. Cycling is another one as most bikes are comfortable and come equipped with features to absorb impact like shocks.

Low impact doesn’t mean low intensity. Take one cycling class and you’ll be drenched in sweat, feeling amazing but your joints and muscles will be less sore compared to other high impact workouts.

The benefits of low impact are the reward of a good workout with a ton of calories burned and heart health gained but less wear and tear on your body. These exercises are kinder to your joints and most people can perform them for longer.

No Impact

No impact exercises are a great way to get in shape without subjecting your joints to stress. It’s perfect for older adults, people with joint pain or if you are rehabbing from an injury. There’s no jarring impact on your body, so you can work out for longer or more often every week.

Everyone needs to exercise, and no impact routines are great options for those who want to get healthy but need to take it a bit slower or easier. It’s perfect for those simply trying to be more active or for pregnant women.

Popular Exercises

Each popular exercise fits into one impact category. Remember, if there’s an exercise you like, most can be adjusted to have a lower impact or you can reduce the amount of reps and sets.

For high impact, jogging, squats, lunges, long jumps, burpees and interval training exercises are the most popular choices. They help burn calories but can be taxing on your joints because they involve harsh landings.

Popular low impact exercises include walking, elliptical, cycling, rowing and using the stairmaster. These are easy on the joints while putting your muscles through an intense workout.

For no impact, yoga, pilates and aquatic exercises are the most popular since they are regarded as effective for losing weight and toning muscles. Many exercises where you are seated can be considered no impact and tend to be a favourite for people who are rehabbing an injury.

Establish Goals

No matter what, exercising is important and can even help with mental health and to relieve stress. Health and fitness is best obtained when you go into it with a goal in mind. Do you want to be leaner? Do you want to improve your strength? Do you want to increase your stamina so you can sign up for that 5k marathon in the spring?

Understand your goal and build a plan from there. This will make tracking your progress that much easier, and you can celebrate each success along the way!


Exercise should be a part of every person’s weekly routine. It’s all about finding the right level of impact and intensity that will help you reach peak health without hurting yourself in the process. It’s not a competition. It’s about utilizing your time to maximize your effort and reduce the potential duress on your joints and muscles. The less impact on your body, the more rewarding your workouts will be and you can still enjoy some amazing results.

Don’t forget to have fun while exercising, so that you’ll want to make a part of your weekly routine!