10 Low-Impact Exercises That Still Burn Calories

by Natalya Molok
FITNESS  |  July 24, 2018
  • 1. Yoga
    1 / 10 1. Yoga

    Yoga doesn’t only relieve stress and tension, but also strengthens key muscles that your body needs to support itself and protect its joints. There are different styles of yoga to suit almost anyone but power yoga offers an average burn of about 400 calories per hour.

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  • 2. Swimming
    2 / 10 2. Swimming

    Take a swim or join a fun water aerobics class at your local gym. “Water will provide you with both resistance and support, and is one of the lowest impact activities known to health and fitness instructors,” explains orthopaedic surgeon Dr Brian Mehling.

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  • 3. Barre
    3 / 10 3. Barre

    Ballet-inspired workouts are done at a cardio pace to keep your heart rate up. The combination of sculpting moves and light weights means that you burn up to 650 calories in one class, without much pressure on your joints. Doing regular barre workouts can also boost your metabolism and tone your muscles.

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  • 4. Rollerblading
    4 / 10 4. Rollerblading

    Take a trip down memory lane by putting some skates and putting some 90s tunes on blast. Rollerblading may seem like child’s play but gliding actually helps you to burn calories without putting any strain on your limbs.

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  • 5. Walking
    5 / 10 5. Walking

    Walking is an easy and stress-free way to get your body moving. Dr Mehling recommends investing in a good pair of walking shoes to further minimise the impact and to start out slow so your body can get used to the activity. (Also Read: 4 Reasons Why Walking Is Great for Weight Loss)

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  • 6. Rowing
    6 / 10 6. Rowing

    Rowing does exactly what crunches are supposed to do and more without the hassle and pain. It works on your arms and core, in addition to strengthening your back and leg muscles. Think of rowing as a low-impact, total-body workout that can burn up to 600 calories an hour when done at a fairly speedy pace.

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  • 7. Cycling
    7 / 10 7. Cycling

    Cycling (indoors or out) is one of the best low-impact cardiovascular workouts that you can do. Not only is it fun, cycling doesn’t put unnecessary pressure on the joints so there’s less chance of damage to your body. (For inspiration, read about this woman who lost 30kg just by cycling!)

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  • 8. Zumba
    8 / 10 8. Zumba

    Some fitness instructiors say an hour of Zumba is like the equivalent of a mid-distance run. We can’t confirm that that’s true but Zumba certainly provides good cardio and strength training that burns up to 700 calories an hour. Plus, those snazzy dance moves will never get boring. (Here are more gym classes that will make you forget that you’re exercising!)

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  • 9. Dancing
    9 / 10 9. Dancing

    Dancing is a fun and sexy way to drop a dress size. It doesn’t exert a lot of pressure on the knees and joints, so it’s great for your body and even greater as a workout. So next time you don’t feel like going to the gym, practise some twists and turns instead.

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  • 10. Tai Chi
    10 / 10 10. Tai Chi

    Think Tai Chi is only for the elderly? Think again. Sometimes referred to as a meditation in motion, it is a good low-impact activity that gives your bones a break. Regular practice can even help ward off headaches and improve flexibility over time.

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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