fbpx

40-Minute Low Impact Workout (Cardio + Unilateral Strength)

This SPICY Low Impact Workout is proof that you don’t need high impact jumping to get a HIGH INTENSITY workout! We’re combining no jumping cardio exercises with unilateral (or single-sided) strength training which is my FAVORITE (sneaky) way to build strong abs and core muscles.

*You also can view this 40-Minute Unilateral Strength and Cardio (No Jumping) Workout on Youtube. While you’re there, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel to get all the newest workouts!

Jump to Low Impact Workout Outline

Low impact exercises DON’T have to be low-intensity or boring exercises! This low impact workout routine is proof that you can get a great, full body workout — without jumping.

Plus, this no repeats workout is full of variety (30 different low impact exercises) to keep your mind AND your body busy. Perfect for those days when you need a little extra motivation to get moving.

This unilateral strength and cardio workout is brought to you in partnership with NOW® — naturally supporting my fitness goals with natural and organic beauty products, natural nutritional supplements and sports nutrition products

I’m sharing more about NOW® and my top five beauty and skincare products I use in my (very minimal) beauty routine below.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with NOW®.

low impact workout | lunge exercise with towel slide

What are the Benefits of Low Impact Workouts?

Low impact exercise is great for ALL seasons of life and has several health benefits. Low impact exercise:

  • Is scalable for various fitness levels (from beginners to pregnancy and postpartum, AND advanced fitness enthusiasts alike)
  • Raises your heart rate and burns calories (without running or jumping)
  • Is joint friendly (limits stress on joints)
  • Is quiet and apartment-friendly (also great for nap time and sleeping babies)
  • Prevents injury and risk of heart disease

What are Good Low Impact Exercises?

Some of the most popular forms of low impact activity include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Water aerobics
  • Elliptical
  • Rowing machine
  • Swimming
  • Stationary bike

These are great low impact choices, but it’s also nice to have options that provide a little more variety and focus on building total body strength (while also focused on calories burned).

Enter this 40-minute low impact workout you can do at home with a set of dumbbells and optional towel (no cardio equipment or gym needed). 

low impact cardio | home low impact workout

How to Scale This Low Impact Workout for Different Fitness Levels:

I love this style of workout because you can make it work in ALL seasons of life. This is low impact cardio and strength training for everyone!

To make this low impact workout more challenging:

  • Add in a towel or glider to increase resistance and core engagement
  • Increase your weights (or grab two dumbbells if you don’t have a single heavy dumbbell)
  • Push your speed and pace
  • Follow along with me (Lindsey), on the right

To make this low impact workout less intense:

  • Step in/step out instead of adding a towel
  • Drop the dumbbells and use just your body weight
  • Add an incline to all exercises where your hands plant on the ground (planks and burpees)
  • Slow it down, follow Rachel (on the left in the video) and work at your pace. Form over speed.

No matter which level you choose today, you’ll be getting an efficient workout that will get your heart pumping, increase endurance, and build muscle!

Can I do this low impact workout without a towel to slide on?

YES! You can always step in/step out instead of sliding. Alternatively, if you’re working out on carpet, paper plates work great as DIY gliders.

Low Impact No Jumping No Repeat Workout Pin for Pinterest

40-Minute Low Impact Workout: Unilateral Strength + Cardio

This no repeats, no jumping workout is the perfect HIGH INTENSITY, low impact way to build strength and improve your cardiovascular fitness at home! A great way to work up a sweat.

You don’t need tons of high impact exercise to get a great workout — this routine is proof that the right combination of low impact movements will get your heart rate up (without all that extra pressure on your joints).

PLUS we’re utilizing unilateral exercises to train our core in a non-traditional way. Unilateral, or single-sided movements are great for increasing stability, mobility, and targeting all the small stabilizing muscles in your core. 

Add this challenging, full body low impact workout at home to your fitness routine once a week.

Workout Equipment:

A single medium-to-heavy dumbbell and optional sweat towel or glider. We are toggling between 15-20 lb weights in this workout video.

Workout Instructions:

Click here to follow along with the Low Impact Workout Video at the top of this post, led by personal trainer Lindsey Bomgren. I’ll coach you through the entire workout, providing form cues and modifications.

Your Workout Looks Like This:

  • 3 Circuits (One Circuit Per Muscle Group: Lower Body Circuit, Upper Body Circuit, Cardio + Core Circuit)
  • 10 Exercises Per Circuit (completing each circuit x1, no repeats!)
  • Time Drop Format:
    • One: 45 Seconds Work/15 Seconds Rest
    • Two: 40 Seconds Work/20 Seconds Rest
    • Three: 30 Seconds Work/30 Seconds Rest

Low Impact Workout: Unilateral Strength + Cardio At Home

CIRCUIT ONE: Lower Body Focused (45 seconds work, 15 seconds rest)

  1. Uneven Squat Thruster Press + Dumbbell Pass
  2. 2 Front Squats + 2 Slider Burpees
  3. Narrow Lunge + Slide, Right
  4. Towel Jack Lunges, Right
  5. Staggered Deadlift, Right
  6. Single Leg Deadlift 3 Point Towel Pick Up, Right
  7. Narrow Lunge + Slide, Left
  8. Towel Jack Lunges, Left
  9. Staggered Deadlift, Left
  10. Single Leg Deadlift 3 Point Towel Pick Up, Left

CIRCUIT TWO: Upper Body Focused (40 seconds work, 20 seconds rest)

  1. Bear Crawl Slide + Single Arm Row, Right
  2. Glute Bridge Hamstring Curl + Single Arm Chest Press, Right
  3. Bear Crawl Slide + Single Arm Row, Left
  4. Glute Bridge Hamstring Curl + Single Arm Chest Press, Left
  5. Wide/Narrow Push Ups, Right
  6. Slider Burpee + 2 Single Arm Push Press, Right
  7. Lateral Lunge Single Arm Curl, Right
  8. Wide/Narrow Push Ups, Left
  9. Slider Burpee + 2 Single Arm Push Press, Left
  10. Lateral Lunge Single Arm Curl, Left

CIRCUIT THREE: Cardio + Core Focused (30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest)

  1. Squat + Pivot Press, Right
  2. Plank + Walk Hands Back to Bear + Dumbbell Slide
  3. Squat + Pivot Press, Left
  4. 5 Second Plank Hold + 5 Wide Knee Pulls, Right
  5. Towel Slams 
  6. 5 Second Plank Hold + 5 Wide Knee Pulls, Left
  7. Lateral Push Towel Slams
  8. Elevated Bird Dog Towel Slide, Right
  9. Squat Hold + Towel Drop Burpees 
  10. Elevated Bird Dog Towel Slide, Left

5 Low Impact Exercises At Home

1. Lateral Lunge and Single Arm Bicep Curl

Targets: Gluteus medius (the outer part of your butt used for side-to-side movements), quads, hamstrings, hip adductors and abductors, inner thighs, biceps and core.single sided lateral lunge and bicep curl

How to do a Lateral Lunge and Single Arm Bicep Curl:

  1. Stand with feet hip-distance apart with a towel or glider under your left foot. Hold a single, heavy dumbbell in your right hand.
  2. Slide your left leg out to the side as you push your hips back, bending your right knee while leaving your left leg straight. Think of performing a single leg squat with your right leg while your left leg remains straight. Knees and toes are pointing forward.
  3. Then, drive through your right heel to stand tall as you slide your left leg up to meet your right foot.
  4. Once standing, perform a single arm bicep curl on the right arm, pulling the dumbbell up to shoulder height. Core is engaged.

2. 2 Single Arm Push Press and Slider Burpee 

Targets: Shoulders, rear delts, upper back muscles (with some assistance from the lower body) and core.

single sided push press and low impact burpee

How to do 2 Single Arm Push Press and Slider Burpee:

  1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, slight bend in your knees, holding one dumbbell in your left hand at shoulder height. Palm facing in (neutral grip). Place a towel or glider under both feet.
  2. Drop into a shallow squat; about a 2-inch dip. Then press through your heels, and push the dumbbell overhead; left arm straight overhead, right arm straight out for counterbalance. Lock out the dumbbell overhead.
  3. Lower the dumbbell down to starting position at shoulder-level, then lower all the way down to the ground to perform a slider burpee.
  4. Place the dumbbell in your left hand on the ground, keeping your hand on the dumbbell. Place your right palm flat on the ground.
  5. Slide back into a high plank position, hold for a second, then pull your feet back in and return to standing position.

Modification: Omit the burpee and just perform single arm push presses.

3. Glute Bridge Hamstring Curl + Single Arm Chest Press

Targets: Legs, glutes, hamstrings, hips, chest, shoulders, abs and core.

single leg glute bridge with chest press

How to do a Glute Bridge Hamstring Curl + Single Arm Chest Press:

  1. Lie flat on the floor on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Hold one dumbbell in your left hand and place a towel or glider under your opposite, right foot.
  2. Press through the heels to lift your hips off the ground until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line. Squeeze those glutes hard and keep your abs drawn in so you don’t overextend your back during the exercise. You’ll hold this glute bridge position for the entire set.
  3. Drive the dumbbell in your left hand overhead. As you do so, slide your right foot out, extending your right leg long.
  4. As you lower the dumbbell in your left hand back toward your chest with control, pull your right heel back towards your glute; returning to the starting position.
  5. That’s one rep. Repeat this movement.

Modification: Omit the hamstring slide and just perform a glute bridge hold with single arm chest press.

4. Single Leg Deadlift with 3-Point Towel Pickup 

Targets: Legs, hamstrings, glutes, hips, abs and core.

A great standing ab exercise that will challenge your balance and core strength.

3 point deadlift exercise

How to do a Single Leg Deadlift with 3-Point Towel Pickup:

  1. Start standing with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Transfer your weight into your right foot and kickstand or float your left foot off the ground, balancing on your right leg. Hold a towel in your left hand.
  2. Drop the towel to the ground, out to your left side and slightly in front of you. With your right knee bent, hinge at your hips extending your left leg behind you as you lower down towards the ground to pick up the towel, balancing on your right leg. Keep your hips square to the ground. You should feel a good stretch in your right hamstring (back of your right leg) at the bottom of this movement. Range of motion looks different for everyone.
  3. Pick up the towel with your left hand, then drive through your front right heel, squeezing your glutes and hamstrings to push your hips forward and return to the starting position. Bring your floating back leg up to meet your standing right leg again.
  4. Then, drop the towel directly in front of you. Again, hinge at your hips extending your left leg behind you as you lower down towards the ground to pick up the towel, balancing on your right leg. Keep your hips square to the mat. Pick up the towel again and drive through your front right heel to return to the starting position.
  5. Finally, drop the towel to your right side, slightly in front of you. Again, hinge at your hips extending your left leg behind you as you lower down towards the ground to pick up the towel, balancing on your right leg. Keep your hips square to the mat. Pick up the towel again and drive through your front right heel to return to the starting position.

Modification: Perform a staggered stance deadlift instead of a single leg deadlift.

5. Narrow Lunge and Towel Slide

Targets: Legs, glutes, quads (top of the thighs), hamstrings, calves, chest, shoulders and core.

narrow lunge and towel slide | unilateral workout

How to do a Narrow Lunge and Towel Slide:

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold one dumbbell at your chest horizontally and place a towel or glider under your right foot.
  2. Transfer the weight into your left foot. Then slide your right leg slightly behind your left foot and drop into a shallow reverse lunge. Dropping your right knee down towards the ground as you lower your hips until both knees reach a 90-degree angle, front thigh parallel to the floor.
  3. Hold at the bottom of this shallow lunge as you slide the towel under your right foot back; extending your right leg long.
  4. Then, slide the right foot back into the shallow lunge stance.
  5. Drive through your front, left heel and glute to stand back up to the starting position.

Modification: Omit the towel slide and just perform a step back lunge.

NOW® Beauty + Skincare Products

NOW Beauty Products | natural skincare products from nowfoods.com

Let’s be honest — I’m a fitness trainer, not a beauty blogger. Thus, my skincare routine is pretty quick and simple.

That said, I do strive to use the best in natural beauty products I can find. Enter my love for NOW® Beauty + Skincare Products.

Since 1988, NOW® has been the answer for those seeking the best in natural and organic beauty products. Their outstanding selection of the best organic beauty products, home beauty solutions and at-home beauty treatments is the perfect complement to my natural lifestyle.

My TOP 5 NOW® Beauty + Skincare Products:

  1. 2-in-1 Eye Correcting Cream — The first NOW® beauty product I ever tried after having my first baby and realizing how real the dark circles under my eyes had become. I’ve been using this product for the last four years to brighten and tighten the dark circles and fine lines under my eyes.
  2. Vitamin C + Sea Buckthorn Lotion — My go-to body lotion for my entire family. It’s great for renewing dry skin. Added bonus, I love that Vitamin C brightens the skin.
  3. Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid Serum — When I learned that Vitamin C brightens the skin I also started using this facial serum to brighten, tighten and improve the appearance of uneven skin tones on my face.
  4. Vitamin E-Oil — I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with vitamin E oil since I first used it on my sons scar after he had stitches in his head. It’s rich in antioxidants and can help moisturize the skin, so a natural choice to protect the delicate area around the scar.* I also started using this Vitamin E Cream on patchy, dry skin areas, scars and stretch marks.
  5. Blemish Clear Gel Cleanser — This is the facial wash I use daily. A great deep cleanser for clogged pores.

If you want to give any of these beauty products a try, you can get 20% OFF your NOWfoods.com purchase using code: NML

*Promo code valid through 12/31/2021.

NOW natural and organic skincare products

FDA Disclaimer

This is a sponsored post in partnership with NOW®. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Nourish Move Love, making the content you see on this blog possible.

Pin this Low Impact Workout At Home: Unilateral Strength + Cardio

Low Impact High Intensity Workout pin for Pinterest

More Low Impact Workouts At Home:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

no comments