Diary of a Fit mommy

Low Impact HIIT CARDIO + LEGS Workout // No Jumping + No Equipment

Running doesn’t have to be your thing if you hate it — and a lot of people have valid reasons for hating it. Not only is running a challenging cardiovascular workout, but it also can feel tough on joints and muscles.

I get so many requests for a low impact cardio workout or warm up from those who live in apartments or who might have weak knees and cant do any jumping. Not to mention, it is starting to get colder outside-who wants to do their cardio out in the cold? Not me!

I have put together a 10 minute low impact workout for you to do as your cardio warm up-or your main workout-that requires no equipment and can be done anywhere, anytime.

Workout Instructions: Complete the following moves for 30 seconds straight. Rest for 15 seconds before moving onto the next exercise. Repeat entire workout for 4 rounds.

MARCHING: Stand straight and start marching in place, swinging your arms in a running motion, keeping knees up high. When you raise your right knee, simultaneously raise your left arm.

KNEE DRIVE: Stand straight and place both hands out in front of your body, touching together. Drive your hands into the right knee as it lifts upward. Return to start and drive into the left knee.

SQUAT PUNCH: Squat down and punch 4 times, twice per hand, alternating the punches. Come back up, squat back down and repeat.

NO JUMP JACKS: Stand tall with hands out to the sides. Move your left leg out and swing your arms up in a jumping jack position. Move your left leg back in line with your body and repeat on the right side, alternating legs as you swing your arms upward.

SQUAT TWIST: Squat downward with hands in front of you touching. As you come up, twist your body to the leg as your swing your arms outward. Keep feet and legs straight as you do this move. Squat back up and repeat on the opposite side, alternating.

SQUAT PULL: Squat downward with hands out in front of your body. As you rise, kick the left leg out and back behind your body as you pull your arms back into a row. Come back down into a squat and repeat on the right side as you rise back up.

Your trainer and friend,