Low Impact Cardio Exercises
Front Kick Plank
If you're looking for a low impact, whole body move that gets your heart rate up, the front kick with planks is a great choice. You work on balance and core strength while raising your heart rate without straining the joints. This exercise requires quite a bit of balance, so take your time and hold onto a chair or wall for balance if needed.
- Begin with feet together and the arms up in a defensive position.
- Bring the right knee up and kick the leg out, avoiding hyperextension of the knee.
- Balancing on the left leg, bring the right leg back behind you, hands to the floor in a runner's stretch.
- Bring the left foot next to the right into a plank, holding briefly.
- Step the left foot forward into a runner's lunge, stand up and again kick with the right leg, continuing with your front kick planks on the same leg.
- Repeat the series on the other side, repeating for 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps.
This exercise may not look like much, but it's actually a great way to get the heart rate up without impact. This low impact move takes you down to a step or platform and then back up again, for a whole body exercise with a focus on cardio.
- Stand in front of a step or platform and sit down, placing your hands next to the hips.
- Lean back as you extend the legs out in front of you.
- Bring the feet back in and stand up, using your hands to help you up if needed.
- Add intensity by taking the hands away and/or adding a jump at the end of the movement.
- Repeat for 30-60 seconds.
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