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Low-Impact Exercises That Burn Major Calories

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

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  • Great ideas! Except my Zumba class is VERY intensive. Not low impact, at all, except for warm up & cool down! - 7/21/2016 12:24:27 PM
  • RETURNER2000
    Roller blading is low impact until you hit the pavement. - 7/6/2016 2:50:14 PM
  • Unfortunately, most of these exercises can only be done by the younger people. Great informative article though. If I were younger, I'd love to try some of them! - 6/18/2016 2:23:32 PM
  • Has the author ever even been around someone with joint issues? A relative? A friend? Anywhere to see what is actually involved?
    Because it certainly doesn't seem like it from most of these so-called low impact activities.
    Spark used to do better than this. Disappointed. - 5/27/2016 1:03:50 PM
  • 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

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