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8 Low Impact Workouts For High Calorie Burn

August 29, 2014 2 min read

High intensity doesn’t necessarily mean high impact. Joint pain, being new to exercise, and avoiding risk of injury are great reasons to seek out low impact workouts. Low-impact refers to exercises where your weight is supported – either in water, by a machine, or having at least one foot on the ground at all times. These 8 kinds of workouts will burn a bunch of calories and boost metabolism:
  1. Walking: easy to do, either on a treadmill or in the great outdoors.
Calories burned per 30 minute period: 115 2. Swimming: soothing for sore joints, swimming is also great because you often push yourself harder than you think you are, with water acting as resistance swimming involves the entire body. Swim laps or try an aqua aerobics class to switch it up. dv1983040 Calories burned per 30 minute period: 240 3. Yoga: My absolute favourite suggestion for anyone, yoga works the entire body and builds strength and flexibility. Choose power yoga for more of a sweat, and to burn more calories. lowyoga Calories burned per 30 minute period: 85 4. Cycling: outdoors or indoors, this is a great way to work up a sweat and go at your own pace. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, check out a spin class. Calories burned per 30 minute period: 272 5. Rowing: Done properly, you push with your legs and pull with your arms. Rowing is a great cardio exercise that focuses on your upper body. It’s also great for your posture! lowimpactmyfitnesspal-rowing-machine Calories burned per 30 minute period: 238 6. Elliptical: Most ellipticals have an upper body component that lets you pump your arms as well as your legs, making for a full body workout. lowelliptical Calories burned per 30 minute period: 306 7. Zumba: A fun dance class that is great for beginners because of its repetitive nature, this workout is great to do with a friend. Some instructors incorporate high-impact moves like jumping or leaping, but simply march in place or do a low-impact version. lowzumba Calories burned per 30 minute period: 299 8. Climbing stairs: Whether it’s on a stairmaster at the gym, or just taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, this exercise will work your legs and glutes. Increase your speed for more of a cardio workout. Calories burned per 30 minute period: 306   So… how “low” can you go? *calories burnt based on 150lb woman, moderate effort for each activity, from myfitnesspal.com Sources: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/07/5-low-impact-exercises-that-burn-crazy-calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1843 http://www.fitbie.com/slideshow/low-impact-workouts-big-calorie-burn

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