I’ve been into fitness for many years now and I’ve worked with a variety of different people with a variety of physical abilities. No matter what you are capable of doing, there are exercises out there that can make you fit, burn calories, and make you just feel better.
Since there are many people out there that can’t do high impact exercises because of a variety of reasons, there’s no reason why low impact exercises can’t be done. In this post I’ve listed some really good low impact exercises that will help you burn calories in order to lose weight and stay fit.
This is one of those low impact exercises that engages nearly every muscle in your body. If you are new to exercising on a regular basis, this is an ideal exercise for you. It’s best to start off slow, so I suggest that you start with an easy 10 minute walk in your neighborhood. Then go on to adding 10% more time each week. Once you feel ready you can try speed changes such as alternating slow walking with fast walking. You may also want to include hiking up a hill as soon as you feel able to do so. Your goal is to end up walking for 45 minutes each time you take a walk.
Find a place that teaches Zumba a Latin inspired cardio dance class. Make sure that you find an instructor that teaches beginners or one that is willing to pay close attention to newcomers in their class. This can be a vigorous dance workout but still is one of those low impact exercises. It’s a workout that provides plenty of distractions so you won’t feel like you’re working out. It is comprised of fun music, a lot of arm waving and working out in a group, which can actually be a lot of fun. Exercising isn’t all that much fun when you do it alone. Added bonus is that you can make new friends along with losing weight.
You can do step climbing on bleachers, stairs or go to a gym and use a StairMaster. When you do exercises that move you up, your weight most often will go down. Whenever you do exercises that move you skyward falls into the moderate to vigorous range for burning more calories. Just remember that once you start feeling fatigue you should stop doing the exercise.
This is a great outdoor exercise to do alone or to do with others. It’s a way to be able to exercise at your own tempo and gives you the ability to explore places you may not normally visit in your local area. Just make sure that when you start cycling that you have good shoes and comfortable clothes. If you want to boost your ability to burn calories you should alternate your speeds from slow to moderate and moderate to fast once you’ve gotten used to your bike and riding it. If you don’t have a bike, you can always go to the gym and ride one of their stationary ones. Although, it’s not as fun, it’s still a great form of exercise.
Use an Elliptical Trainer
Go down to your local gym and use one of their elliptical trainers. This is a great no impact workout. They are very easy to use, are pain free and it’s one of the easiest ways to start an exercise program for those new to fitness training. This is one of those machines that are great for anyone but especially good for beginners and those who physically can’t do high impact exercises.
This is one of the top exercises for anyone with or without problems. If you’re overweight, have joint problems, or even suffer from arthritis, this is the exercise for you. If you haven’t been swimming for awhile then start off with a 30 minute session of slow laps. As you get used to swimming, make it kind of a game by doing a crawl in one direction, breaststroke on your way back and switch it up with backstroking. This is not only an exercise that gently works every muscle in the body but it’s also a very relaxing exercise.
Personally, I think these are one of the most under used and under appreciated pieces of gym equipment. This is one of those machines that have no impact but can tone your entire body. It’s one of the very few machines that also works out your upper body muscles and not just the lower half. When you row you also help your posture and it makes your upper back much stronger and enables you to stand up much straighter. To do it properly and to get the best results you should push with your legs and pull with your arms. The harder that you pull the more resistance you’ll get and it will help sculpt your arms at the same time. The faster you row, the more calories you’ll burn.
If you decide to include any of these exercises in order to lose weight and stay fit, my advice to you is to make sure that once any of them seem to be too easy increase the intensity of them in order to continue to burn calories and lose weight or maintain your healthy weight.