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Low-Impact Exercises That Burn Major Calories

Easy-on-the-Joints Workouts That Really Deliver!

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  • Skipping rope is low impact you only need to lift your feet high enough to let the rope pass under them. - 4/16/2016 1:47:17 PM
  • On whether you'll get hit when taking a boxing class, you won't if you're not boxing. When I was young, I took boxing classes at the YMCA. At the end, each participant in fact did box someone else, and because the instructor was close at hand, he was able to stop any type of punch that looked harder than it should have for the level you were boxing. - 4/8/2016 9:24:12 PM
  • Exercises for people with mobility issues can be found in this video:
    http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/vide
    os-detail.asp?video=38 - 3/12/2016 11:52:55 PM
  • There are exercises on SparkPeople for people confined to seated positions. Look in under the fitness tab. - 3/12/2016 11:50:07 PM
  • I actually have a question. I am in a wheelchair and want to find excerises to burn calories. If u have suggestions i would appreciate it.THANKS.
    - 3/12/2016 4:49:30 PM
  • Circuit and HIIT training are paying off for me. I see definition on my body and the results are amazing! - 3/12/2016 10:32:35 AM
  • NANCY_SH
    I think my water aerobics class burns more. We do high-intensity Tabata intervals as maximum effort. - 3/7/2016 7:12:15 PM
  • Hula hooping should be on that list. I burn approximately 550kcal per hour and it has a very low impact! - 3/7/2016 6:10:10 PM
  • A number of comments on this article question the amount of calorie burn, based on their personal experience. I hope everyone read the article, not just view the chart, as the author explains that the measurements shown are for a 150 lb female for 30 minutes. - 2/18/2016 9:25:33 AM
  • These are some good ideas. Walking is free anytime and I do a lot of it. I also enjoy circuit training with my adjustable dumbbell set that was a gift. I would love to see more ideas that don't require a gym or machines. Some I've done include hiking, rock climbing, and simple low-impact aerobics. - 1/25/2016 6:11:27 PM
  • I am fortunate to have a treadmill and a stationary bike -although I haven't tried using the bike recently - don't know how it will be on my back. My workouts since I returned to Spark have consisted of treadmill and aerobic moves plus some outdoor walking - all low impact. Most of these ideas involve joining a gym which is outside my budget at the moment and I'm sure there are many others in the same situation. - 1/25/2016 12:54:17 PM
  • We just took out a family pass to our local community center, which houses both a fitness center and a pool. While my husband and oldest child visit the fitness center, I take the two younger kids to the pool. My mom and are going to start attending, just the two of us, during Adult Lane Swim time. As I am recovering from a serious knee injury, and my quad muscles are still very weak (putting me at risk for injury recurrence), swimming is the perfect exercise for me right now. - 1/25/2016 7:53:13 AM
  • I know this has been said here before but saying it again.
    Zumba has a program called Zumba gold we offer low impact slower pace yet fun and a calorie burning class there is also a seated class . I know because I teach this.
    Our gym offers silver sneakers also some insurances pay the gym with no cost to you.
    I like this article it offered options! - 1/23/2016 11:29:55 AM
  • I agree . . . Exercise is not one-size-fits-all . . . I have suffered injury doing stuff like yoga (pulled muscles), rebounder (pulled muscle, had to have physical therapy), and Zumba . . . don't even want to think about it . - 1/20/2016 11:16:27 AM
  • DANDYLINES
    I really do not think the author knows what he is talking about - almost every one of these has medium to high impact - not necessarily on the legs, but on other joints. Every swimming has impact - I should know. Swimming is my exercise of choice because of arthritis but I still have to be careful in what I do and the intensity. Maybe some more research is needed. I would NOT recommend the accuracy of this article at all. - 9/20/2015 7:13:41 PM

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