9 Low-Impact Workout Ideas, From Yoga To Rowing

For when you want an easier-on-the-body sweat.

9 low-impact workouts to try when you want to take it easy on your joints.


A low-impact workout is any type of exercise that’s gentle on the joints, says Club Pilates trainer Jessica Roberts. You can always walk, of course, but there are plenty of other ways to go easy on your body while building strength and endurance. Here are a few ideas.



Pilates is just about as gentle as it gets, while still lengthening, strengthening, and balancing your body, Roberts says. It uses challenging, zero-impact exercises, like leg lifts and hundreds, that can be done on a mat or with a Pilates ring, ball, or Reformer.