Circuit training has made a resurgence in popularity as fitness gurus and amateurs alike experience its benefits. As one of the most efficient ways to boost your metabolism and build strength while trimming your waistline, why not give it a try? There are endless options for developing a circuit that fits your needs and ability, and you can do it at home or the gym! Although circuit training by definition is a workout using high-intensity exercises, it does not necessarily need to be high-impact to get the full benefit. Read on for our suggestions for low-impact exercises to add to your circuit training regimen.
- Squats - The squat is an exercise that you can easily modify, depending on your goals, strength, and flexibility. Start with a shallow squat and deepen as you become comfortable. Add a toe raise at the end of each squat for an added low-impact challenge.
- Walkdown Plank - Engage your whole body with this low-impact exercise. Start by standing and lower as if you were touching your toes. Walk your hands down, with feet in place, until you reach the high plank position. Hold for 15-30 seconds before walking back up.
- Lunge Run - For a burst of cardio, add this to your circuit. Begin in a lunge position that isn’t too low with your opposite arm bent forward. Quickly bring the back knee forward, swinging arms as if running. Including a 30-second circuit per side of this exercise will be a great boost to your metabolism.
- Punches & Kicks - These elements of kickboxing are simple yet effective exercises to add to any low-impact circuit. The trick is to keep your muscles taut and engaged. This includes your core, which helps you stay balanced and improves your posture.
- Step-ups - Take a cue from step aerobics with the classic step-up exercise. Whether you have a bench, porch steps, or a kitchen stool, you can find something to use! Step up and down starting with opposite legs in 30-second bursts. For an added challenge, carry weights.
- Push-ups - Low-impact does not mean low-challenge. Case in point: the push-up. As an effective yet difficult exercise for many, it is important to start where you are comfortable. Start on your knees and as you build strength move to the traditional push-up. This is not an exercise to leave out, as it works your core, chest, arms, and back.
Maintaining a healthy metabolism and fitness-level is important. Doing so in a way that is low-impact for your body may seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! With the exercises mentioned above, plus other options such as swimming or walking, you can build a workout regimen that fits your style and needs. Additionally, you should consider adding a dietary supplement to help support joint health through your endeavors. Check out InterHealth’s UC-II®, a naturally-derived and peer-reviewed ingredient that can help you with joint comfort, flexibility, and mobility. Contact us today to learn more!