Low impact workouts are not necessarily easier or less intense. What low impact really means is that you’re making modifications to high impact moves, and to modify does not mean you are getting less of a workout. A low impact workout can still cause you to drip with sweat! Swimming, biking or spinning, a barre class, even a brisk walk are great ways to get some low impact cardio, and adding weights or resistance bands can help you make the most of any workout.
For beginners, a low impact workout is often a great way to get started on your fitness journey. You definitely don’t need to sign up for a gym membership, an expensive boutique or trendy class in order to start chipping away at your fitness goals. If you’re just getting started or getting back into a regular workout routine, low impact exercises will help you to burn calories, build strength, and minimize the risk of an injury that could set you back.
What we like about these low impact exercises is that they are an effective support system to any other low impact cardio you might already do, like walking, biking, or swimming. By incorporating weights and resistance, we can achieve similar goals that a high impact workout might provide, but with less wear and tear on our joints.
Each of the sets demonstrated here can be done to create a sweat-inducing workout that will get your blood pumping and your body moving. Start with a warm-up, like some forward lunges, side lunges, and squat-jacks to get your heart rate up. After about 5 minutes, you’ll be ready to get started. We’ve demonstrated 11 different movements here; try doing each one for 30-60 seconds, with about 20 seconds of rest in between. Then repeat the series of 11 again, one or two more times, depending on your fitness level or how much time you have on your schedule. A gentle cool down, like marching in place, side lunges, and some light stretching will complete this full body, low impact workout.
Always consult with your doctor before beginning a diet or exercise program.