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Low-Impact Exercises That Burn Major Calories

Easy-on-the-Joints Workouts That Really Deliver!


    I know that in the 45-50 minute Hydrofit class that I teach, 130 calories is just waaay too low! That being said, Water aerobics can be done at any speed and is for all abilities and fitness levels - the key is just keep moving !!! Very little stress on the joints is a plus, too !!!
    - 2/22/2015 9:51:42 PM
  • I go to a family Zambia class. Up front one one side there are mothers with small children. The mothers do what they can and the children jump around. The other side up front are people that don't need a teacher they know what they are doing. On one side in the back are pre teen and teens that put their own spin on Zambia, and in the last corner are those of us that have to take it a little slower, not jump so much, just learning or for some other reason don't fit we fit in any other corner. Several times during the class the someone from the group that knew what they were doing would take over the class and the instructor would join each group in turn, even jumping up and down with the 3 year olds. She said she wanted to make sure everyone knew that it didn't matter how we did it. What mattered was that we were all welcome and we were all out there doing something. - 2/21/2015 7:58:27 PM
  • There is regular Zumba and there is Zumba Gold for older folks or folks with joint problems. Even In regular zumba which is what I do and I am 70 years old I modify when something is too difficult or hurts my bones. Zumba really burns the calories. A good instructor always tells you to do what is comfortable for you.
    - 2/21/2015 4:06:53 PM
  • I'm excited to try some of these workouts - 8/10/2014 3:56:33 AM
  • SADDHU1 - It is off, because it's under. I'm 130lbs, and I burn 200cals in ten minutes. That would put me at 1800 for an hour. Kettlebells are an extremely efficient, strength building, and fat burning workout. Just because you don't know about a certain exercise, doesn't mean it can't burn more than you think it does. - 6/10/2014 1:25:12 PM
  • I don't get all these people who say that Zumba is not low-impact. It is as high or low impact as a person makes it. Show up early or stay late and ask your Zumba instructor for possible modifications to any high-impact moves, or simply look around in your class and notice other exercisers who come up with their own low-impact substitutions. For example instead of jumping, simply rise gently on the balls of the feet. Instead of twisting the knees in and out, just move the feet to the beat. Other people are in Zumba to get their own workout. They are not judging your modifications-- heck, some might even appreciate them and adopt them. - 10/9/2013 10:48:59 AM
  • Some of these calorie burning estimates are way off. A 150 lb woman burns 1200 cal per hr for Kettlebell class? Seriously? I would count that hr long class as burning 360-420 calories. SparkPeople should not contribute to the phenomena of people thinking their workout burns more calories than it does, a common fallacy that prevents weight loss. Working with correct numbers is a must! - 10/9/2013 10:40:41 AM
    There is low impact zumba classes out there. What about rowing? That's low impact. - 8/22/2013 10:19:40 AM
  • Great to have things to try to help w/o aggravating my arthritis! TY :) - 7/27/2013 5:19:07 PM
  • Great article. However i am very skeptical about calorie burn information. I have been doing kettle bell workouts and never burned so much in 1 hour as they promise in 30 minutes. Same goes for other types of exercising. - 7/27/2013 11:08:44 AM
    I wish there were some picture posted of chair exercise that I could do at work in my 8 hrs shift of sitting! =)
    - 7/26/2013 2:01:17 PM
  • Zumba is definitely not low impact. I suffer from back and knee pain and my doctor told me to stop doing zumba because it was making my problems much worse. Maybe I'll try a kettle bell class though, I didn't realize they burned so many calories. - 7/26/2013 9:15:40 AM
  • I don't consider many of these to be low impact for my health situation, but it I take the parts of each that I can do and go with that, then I see results. For instance I would not be able to last a zumba class, but put on a few oldies and dance with the parts of me that works, and I have a work out for as long as I can last. It would be low impact because I am not impacting those parts that could not stand up to the impact of harsh jumping or pounding. Throw in a few exercises to the beat and I have a pretty good work out, then add my recumbent bike and I have my program. - 6/29/2013 11:27:00 PM
  • I also love Zumba, but it can be very hard on the knees, lots of twisting. I have heard there are classes that are toned down for physical issues, but I have not found any in my area yet. I have substituted a Jazzercise Light (lower impact) for Zumba, so I can still dance for some cardio. - 6/29/2013 8:12:38 PM
  • CDARBY1999
    Love the article. Wish there were more articles geared toward men - 6/29/2013 4:28:11 PM

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