Good news for your joints: a virtual HIIT class nearly isn't the only way to get in a cardio workout at home.
Whether your knees and ankles need a break from the consistent jumping, or you want to spare your downstairs neighbor from yet another set of burpees, this simple (but super effective!) low-impact cardio workout is your solution.
"A low-impact cardio workout may not burn as many calories as a high-impact workout in the same allotted time, however it may save your joints in the future so you can continue to work out," Melissa Chisholm, an NASM-certified personal trainer, explains.
"As with anything, consistency is key, and adding more low-impact workouts to your routine will allow you to stay consistent."
Cycle through this workout curated by Chisholm below — your body will feel the physical challenge in the best possible way.
5 Walk-Out to Hip-Openers
- Stand tall, inhale arms overhead, and exhale to fold over.
- Walk out to a high plank — bring the right foot to the outside of the right hand.
- Rotate torso and bring the right hand up toward the ceiling. Hold for three breaths. Place the hand down, and return the foot back to a plank
- Repeat on the left side.
- Step the foot back to plank, and push back into a Downward Dog. Pedal out the feet.
- Walk hands back to the feet. Slowly roll up to standing and inhale the arms overhead.
- This completes one rep. Repeat five times.
Complete all six exercises in order. Repeat for three rounds.
Chisholm suggests setting a timer while completing round one: try to meet or beat your time during the second and third rounds, all while maintaining good form.