Here’s another useful article by regular contributor, Brooke Chaplan, to help you reach your 2016 goals of becoming healthier and fitter. If your goal is to just start moving, get the blood pumping and increase your oxygen intake, then keep reading for 6 fairly easy cardio workouts!
Low-impact workouts are ideal for people new to exercise or who need to protect joints or old injuries. You can burn a lot of calories without putting excess strain on your body, and there are a number of great low-impact workouts you can try. Below is a list of some great cardio options that won’t have you gasping for breath.
This is a workout you can do indoors or out, and even though cycling is a low-impact workout, it is still very effective. In fact, cycling at a moderate pace for one hour can help you burn over 400 calories. It is a good idea to invest in padded shorts if you will be riding for long periods of time to prevent injury or excessive soreness.
Walking is an easy way to get moving. In fact, at place like Sunshine Retirement Living community, residents are encouraged to join the walking club, and use it as a chance to stay social and active. You can walk anywhere, which is why it is easy to squeeze this activity into your routine. If you want to burn more calories while walking, add small dumbbells or other weights.
If you love being in the water, then you may want to try swimming. This is a low-impact workout that has several benefits. It can improve your heart health as well as strengthen the muscles in your upper and lower body. It’s a chance to shake out all your muscles and get your whole body moving.
If you get tired of swimming, then water aerobics is another great option. Water aerobics offers the same cardio benefits as regular aerobics but is not as taxing on your body. You use the natural resistance of water and move in ways that help get your entire body involved.
Most types of gym equipment only tone one area of your body, but a rowing machine can work out almost everything. Arms use the weights to gain strength, and your legs and core have to stay engaged to have correct form. Rowing can also help improve your posture, since proper form is one of the keys to getting the most out of this workout.
Elliptical training is often referred to as a no-impact workout. For the best results, select an elliptical trainer that also allows you to work your upper body. You will not only use more muscles, but burn more fat.
A workout does not have to put a lot of strain on your body or heart in order to be effective. You can tone everything you want, and improve your health by performing low-impact workouts. Elliptical training, rowing machines, cycling, walking, water aerobics, and swimming are all examples of low-impact workouts you can try.
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
Do you have any favourite low-impact cardio workouts you could add to this list?