“This is a low-impact cardio workout you can do anywhere—even if you have roommates under you,” she says. “It’s good to swap in if you don’t want to go for a run but still want to get your heart rate up and get a good sweat on.”
McIlkenny’s workout is simple: You do eight reps of eight different exercises, and you go through everything twice. What results is a sweaty workout you can bust out in less than eight minutes of your time. After a quick warm-up of toe-touches, you dive right into the low-impact cardio workout. Starting with squat to curtsy lunges, you move on to lunge knee-ups, plank walk-outs to push-ups, pike-ups, mountain climbers, and squat punches. There’s even modified sumo burpees, which leave out the jumps and have you walking in and out of a plank position.
Even though these exercises in this low-impact cardio workout at home are modified to be quieter and easier on your body, don’t be fooled—they’re definitely not easy by any means and you’ll 100 percent still be sweating bullets. But by the time you make it through the second round, you may have found your new favorite way to check cardio off your list.
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