Best Low-Impact Cardio Exercises for Weight Loss

It's simple, accessible, and can be done almost anywhere. Increase the intensity by walking faster or adding inclines.


This machine provides a good cardio workout that mimics running but with reduced impact on the joints.

Elliptical Trainer

Stationary or on a road bike, cycling is gentle on the joints and a great way to burn calories.


Offers a full-body workout that tones muscles and burns calories, all while being gentle on the body due to the buoyancy of water.


A total body workout that is also low-impact. Rowing machines help improve cardiovascular stamina and muscular endurance.


These classes take place in a pool and are great for resistance training with minimal joint strain.

Water Aerobics

Enhances core strength, flexibility, and overall body alignment with minimal impact on the joints.


Look for classes or videos labeled low-impact, which avoid high jumps and intense sprints, focusing instead on maintaining a steady heart rate.

Low-Impact Aerobics

By adjusting the height of the step, you can keep this workout low-impact while still challenging your cardiovascular system.

Step Aerobics

While traditionally not considered cardio, more dynamic forms of yoga, such as Vinyasa or Power Yoga, can elevate the heart rate and help burn calories.


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