Do you live in an apartment with creaky floors and need a workout that won’t annoy your neighbors? Or is your recurring knee pain cramping your style, but you still want to work up a sweat? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you! We’ve put together a low-impact workout that’s sure to get your blood pumping. Here’s what it includes:
- Mountain Climbers
- Swing Squats
- Lateral Lunges
In the rest of the article, we’ll walk you through each exercise to make sure you can do it with ease and confidence. So, what are we waiting for? Put on some workout clothes, grab a mat, and let’s get started!
Low-Impact (Joint and Apartment-Friendly!) Mini Cardio Workout
Start in a high plank, hands planted directly under your shoulders and body in a straight line from your head to your heels. Engage your abs, glutes, and legs, then draw your right knee toward your elbow and quickly return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side to complete your first rep. Repeat as established for 30 to 45 seconds or until failure.
Stand up tall, feet shoulder width apart and arms by your sides. Then, bend your knees, letting your hips hinge back and your arms swing forward. Quickly return to the starting position and then press into the balls of your feet, rising into a calf raise. This completes one rep. Repeat this pattern for 30 to 45 seconds or until failure.
Stand up tall with your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart and your hands on your hips. Engage your abs, then pick up your right foot and shift your weight into your left foot. Hold for one count, then return to the starting position and immediately rebound back onto your left side. Repeat like this for 30 to 45 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
Start by standing with your feet close together and your arms reaching overhead. Engage your abs and legs, press up into a calf raise, then place your heels back on the ground and crouch down into a small ball. Walk your hands out into a high plank, do one push up, then walk your hands back in toward your feet and roll up to standing. This completes one rep.
Repeat for 30 to 45 seconds, or until failure.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, then shift your weight onto your left foot and take a big step to the right with your right foot. As you step to the right, step your left foot behind yourself and shift your weight onto it. Then, step back onto your right foot and take a big step to the left. Repeat on the other side to complete one rep.
As you move, allow your arms to swing with control, following the momentum of your body. Repeat for 30 to 45 seconds, or until failure.
Try this as a quick five-minute workout, do it two or three times for a more substantial session, or combine it with a few other mini workouts to create a full routine.