In this video, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Kristen Kennedy demonstrates some low- impact exercises you can use as part of your routine.
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And this is something that everyone carries around with them for the rest of their life; well, at least they need to. Very important to keep that around with you and I don't want people, people that are pregnant, people have injuries with their joints, anyone that has arthritis, anybody that's overweight to have any excuses to stop with anything that has to do with fitness. Say, like you go into a group fitness class, and it's very high impact, you have the option of taking it into a very low impact class and still get a perfect work out. Say, that you're doing jumping jacks, you don't want to do jumping jacks; you take it low and you just take it right down here. Now the movement of the arm helps your heart rate to go up. If you don't want to get the heart rate up, eliminate the arms and just keep it down low and focus on the legs. Say, you want to do -- they are doing plyometric lunges, which is a bunch of jumping, pain on the knees, pain on everything. You want to just take it down low. Take it right into just walk in lunges or just step to the front, lunge down, push it up and back. And you just continuously do that and it eliminates any high impact workout that you may have on any of your joints. Anybody that's pregnant, you want to stay away from the joint motion, so you are on an elliptical. That's perfect for you because it's nothing too up and down; just nice kind of coasting along but still getting your heart rate up if you use the arms. So, think using the arms gets your heart rate up. Eliminating the arms kind of keeps that low and you're focusing on that lower body workout and that's pretty much it for the low-impact exercises; just keep it up, keep that fitness in your life and you're good.