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Video:Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home

with Antonio Sini

Try this low-impact cardio workout at home to get a good workout without straining your joints. Here is a quick low-impact cardio workout you can do right at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home

    Hi, my name is Antonio from Nimble Fitness for About.com. Today I'm going to demonstrate some low-impact cardio exercises you can do at home, using instructions from About.com's Health site.

Starting a Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home        

Why cardio exercises? The reasons are numerous: weight loss, stronger heart and lungs, increased bone density, reduced stress, better sleep, more energy, the list goes on. The main thing to remember before you start any workout program is that you warm up the joints.

Warm-Ups for a Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home

Keith here is going to demonstrate how to do a couple simple warm-ups for a low-impact cardio workout: moving side to side, having his hips twist, and his arms reaching out in front of him, getting more to the knees. Again, twisting at the hips, putting some weight on one leg, then on the other. Nice and gentle, not going to low. Reaching high for the sky, getting the shoulders warmed up. Reaching low to the ground, getting the back stretched out. Peeling himself up, and that's how we do a warm-up.

Do Marches for a Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home

So some basic low-impact cardio moves would include marches (as Keith's demonstrating): just marching in place, getting those legs nice and high so the heart rate increases.

 Front Kicks Are a Part of a Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home 

 

From there you can go into front kicks. Again, the big muscles in the legs, having to lift them off the ground is going to make the heart work a little bit harder. Great way to get the cardio up.

 Punches Are Next in a Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home   

  Now getting the upper body involved doing punches. And again, you can go at a modest pace or go a little bit faster. Then you can do a combination of kicks and punches to add that extra weight of the legs to make the heart work a little but harder. Back and forth, 15-20 reps, just keep moving.

  Do Sit-Stands for a Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home  

Then we can go into what's called a sit stand, where you find yourself a chair and you just sit and stand, keeping your chest up and your head up. Pick up the pace a little bit to add a little bit more heart rate. You can do that for 15 or 20 reps or wherever you feel comfortable.

  Tips for Doing a Low-Impact Cardio Workout at Home  

Remember the faster you do these exercises, the faster your heart rate is going to increase. You can do this for 10 or 15 minutes if you're a true beginner. If you feel like it's a little bit easy, then continue the circuit, do all the different cardio exercises for up to 30 minutes, and at that point, you want to add some new exercises to your routine.

This is just one of many cardio workouts you can do at home. For more information, visit About.com.

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