The Best Low Impact Workouts

The Best Low Impact Workouts

Don’t let the term “low impact” fool you. Low impact exercises still give you a caloric workout and are a great complement that will help you achieve your weight loss goals. Low impact workouts also doesn’t necessarily mean low-intensity. Here are some great low impact workouts from Health.com that will get your heart pumping without stressing your joints.

Kettlebells
Kettlebell exercises demand the use of multiple joints, which engages all the larger muscles of the body. Kettlebell swings are also effective because they target all aspects of fitness, including strength, endurance, and power.

Cycling
Indoor or outdoor cycling takes pressure off your joints while challenging your cardiovascular system. Even a leisurely bike ride can help you easily burn calories without feeling like you’re working very hard.

Rowing
Rowing works your arms, back, core, and legs – all without ever having to stand up. Crank up your rowing routine by adding a few all-out sprints to your routine.

Power Yoga
Power yoga burns more calories than most practices because you’re constantly moving. Not only will you work up a sweat immediately but also improve your range of motion, flexibility and full-body strength and balance.

LIT Method
LIT stands for Low Impact Training and incorporates rowing, resistance bands and mat strength work, and foam rolling mobility exercises. With the LIT Method, there’s little to no impact placed on the ankles, knees, hips, elbows or shoulders, making it an ideal option for individuals who are prone to injury or rehabbing an injury.

Elliptical Training
Make the most of your elliptical training sessions by choosing a machine that has handles so you can engage your upper body muscles and burn more calories by using arms, shoulders, and upper back muscles in addition to your lower body.

TRX
TRX, or total body resistance training, uses suspension straps to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability simultaneously. Try using TRX straps to step up your workout routine next time you’re doing push ups, pull ups, planks, squats, or cardio movements, such as mountain climbers.

Swimming
Swimming is a great option for anyone with joint problems. Not only will it get your heart pumping, it will also help sculpt your back, shoulders, and arms.

Circuit Training
Circuit training is a method of resistance training or weight training that maximizes the volume of work done in a short period of time. It’s a great way to lose weight, gain muscles, and increase overall strength.

Barre
Barre combines Pilates, yoga, ballet, and mat work to give you sculpted, lean muscles without the impact and injuries dancers often endure. To maximize your caloric burn, look for barre classes that incorporate cardio sequences along with sculpting circuits.

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