“If you want to get the benefits, but it’s just not possible for you to get that much walking done with your busy schedule, there are a few alternative ways that you can keep your activity high without going out for a long brisk walk,” says Jackie Dragone, fitness coach and founder of TheLab. Ahead are four of her fav options for doing just that.
1. Strength training
“Do a strength training workout with little rest,” says Dragone. “Make sure that you are picking up weights that are going to challenge your muscles and keep your HR up.” Shoot for a load that feels hard to move (with proper form, of course) by the last two to three reps of each set—but not impossible. “In general you want the last 10 seconds of the set to feel like you are almost at muscle failure,” Dragone says.
Here’s a 15-minute lower-body strength workout to get you started:
The constant movement in barre helps to keep your heart rate up, while you build muscular endurance from doing high reps of low-impact exercises like squats and leg lifts.
Prepare to feel the burn in this full-body barre workout below:
3. Indoor cycling
Whether that’s in a studio or your living room, spinning your wheels on an exercise bike is one of the best forms of high-intensity, low-impact cardio that you can do. Not only is it a form of aerobic exercise, but you’ll also build strength and muscular endurance due to the resistance you add as you ride.
Low Impact HIIT
Low-impact HIIT (also known as HILIT) is an awesome alternative for walking, says Dragone. “Find one that has no jumping,” she suggests.
This 15-minute bodyweight workout will do the trick:
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