The 4 Best Low Impact Workouts That Still Burn Major Calories

Because sometimes your body (and joints) need a break.

By: Emily Freeman

Going all out for every workout? We love your enthusiasm! However, if you’re doing this because you think it’s the only or quickest way to being insanely fit, well, we have some news for you. The right low impact workouts can yield similar results as their high impact counterparts (think explosive, jumping movements) while giving your joints a break. Whether you already deal with some joint pain, or you want to ensure your joints are healthy for the long run, add in some low impact workouts to your schedule.

Why Choose Low Impact Workouts?

If you’re dealing with joint pain or are just starting your fitness journey, news that low impact workouts can be effective for your weight loss goals is a big win. However, if you’re not, you’re probably wondering why you shouldn’t just focus on high-impact workouts. For one, it’s just not necessary to reach your goals, and adding in some workouts that are easier on your joints can:

  • Reduce the risk of injury 
  • Increase range of motion 
  • Improves technique and alignment
  • Minimize recovery time between workouts 
  • Increase stability and balance
  • Build muscle and improve your metabolism 
  • Develop muscular endurance
  • Burn fat in the aerobic zone, different from the anaerobic zone that high-intensity workouts focus on 
  • Relieve stress and improve a sense of calm

The Best Low Impact Workouts to Burn Major Calories 

These low impact workouts will help you burn fat, sculpt muscle, improve alignment, and condition your heart to keep you on track while giving your body and joints a needed rest. 

Low Impact Cardio Blast

With exercises like knees up, front kicks, and low impact Burpees, Jeanette Jenkins kicks your butt in this 21-minute low impact cardio workout. Get ready to sweat!

Pilates Head to Toe 

Pilates is one of the best low-impact workouts to sculpt long, lean muscles, improve posture, and strengthen your core. And Cassey Ho doesn’t disappoint in this 23-minute workout that targets all your major muscle groups. 

Full Body Foundations

Just starting your fitness journey? This one’s for you! Danielle Pascente takes you through a 15-minute total body workout to master your form of foundational compound movements like squats, lunges, and glute bridges, so you can tackle more complex workouts safely. 

Newbie HIIT 

So you’ve heard the news, HIIT workouts are awesome for burning fat and building muscle, and you want to get on board. This workout is the perfect place to start! With exercises like Squat to Lunge and Mountain Climbers to punches, Breanne Mitchell will get your heart rate up in this 24-minute beginner low-impact HIIT workout. 

Time to Cool Down and Recover!

Taking a couple of minutes to cool down after your workout will do wonders for your recovery time between workouts, muscle soreness, flexibility, and mobility. Here are some of our favorites to get you started! 

All-Out Stretch

Bree Koegel leads you through a 9-minute total body stretch that will have you feeling great and ready to tackle your next workout!

Recovery Day 

Everyone needs at least one rest day per week. With gentle stability and mobility movements like Bird Dog, Camel pose, and Child’s pose, Vytas leads you through the perfect routine to do on your day off to make sure your body is in prime condition and ready to go for the next sweat session. 

Stretch & Feel Good 

Jeanette Jenkins will have your body feeling gooooood after this 21-minute stretch routine. Hip Circles, Fold Over, Cross-Legged Hip Stretch, Twists, and Lying Hamstring Stretch will open your joints and lengthen your muscles to alleviate tension in your body and mind. 

Health is Wealth!

It may be cliche, but it’s true. The way your body feels and functions is the foundation of your well-being. If you’re beating your body up every workout, you could be doing more harm than good. Incorporating more low impact workouts into your schedule will help balance out your energy expenditure, keep your joints happy, and keep you feeling fit for many years to come.