Get 1,500 steps and burn fat with the best beginner weight loss workout. This is a low impact but high intensity cardio workout at home using just your bodyweight. Follow along with the best standing cardio exercises for fat loss.
Raise your heart rate, burn calories and get your steps in with this beginner weight loss workout.
In my opinion, walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercise. It’s one of the best things you can do for heart health and weight loss — and it’s a really simple thing you can add to your beginner fitness routine.
If you’ve tried our 3-2-8 Workout Challenge, we challenged you to aim for at least 8K steps per day (I personally strive for 8-10K steps a day). If you’re low on your daily step count, are short on time, or simply want to move in a low impact way, I recommend this standing cardio workout!
Rachel and I got about 1,500 steps in during this 15-minute workout. This is a great low impact cardio workout for beginner weight loss.
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Beginner Weight Loss FAQs
What Is A Good Beginner Workout To Lose Weight?
Both low intensity cardio and strength training are great options for beginners who are looking to build strength and burn calories. Some of the best low impact cardio workouts include jogging, bicycling, power walking, swimming and aerobics. Add low impact cardio to your strength training routine to achieve your weight loss goals.
How Often Should A Beginner Exercise?
I recommend starting with 20-30 minute weight training workouts, 3 days a week. If possible, aim for 8-10K steps a day. Whether you walk outside, on a treadmill, or incorporate this standing cardio workout into your routine, daily movement is important for weight loss.
What Is The Best Workout Challenge For Beginner Weight Loss?
Losing weight and building muscle takes time and consistency. The best way to stay motivated is to follow a workout plan. This takes the guesswork out of how many reps, what exercises, and how many days a week to workout. I recommend following one of our free beginner workout plans paired with a nutrient-dense diet.
15-Minute Beginner Weight Loss Workout (All Standing Cardio)
Get your steps in, build muscle mass and raise your heart rate with this fat burning, no equipment workout.
18 of the best bodyweight exercises you can do at home. This low impact workout will challenge your cardiovascular endurance.
Targets: Calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs, oblique muscles, forearms, biceps, triceps, shoulders, back and chest.
How To Jump Rope
Start standing, feet under hips, core engaged, and a slight bend in both knees.
Mimic holding the handles of a jump rope in each hand, elbows at your sides (option to use a jump rope if you have one).
Mimic the motion of swinging a rope over your head. Keep your elbows near your sides as you draw small circles with closed fists, keeping the biceps engaged.
As the rope would approach your feet, perform a small jump. Land softly, with bent knees.
Continue this pattern, finding a rhythm and speed you can maintain for the entire work interval.
Modification: Option to omit the small hops and instead alternate heel taps, tapping the right heel forward, bringing it back, then tapping the left heel forward.
Side-to-Side Step Touch
Targets: Hip flexors, quads, calves, shoulders and chest.
How To Do A Side-to-Side Step Touch
Start standing in an athletic stance, feet hip-distance apart and knees slightly bent. Hold your arms just under shoulder height, slight bend in the elbows.
Side step to the right with your right foot, then step your left foot across to join your right. As you step to the right, open the arms wide to raise your heart rate. Pull the arms in as the left foot taps.
Tap the left foot on the floor and then immediately step back to the left, following with your right to tap.
Repeat this process, alternating the side step.
High Knee Jacks
Targets: Glutes, quads, calves, hamstrings, hip flexors, shoulders, arms and core.
How To Do High Knee Jacks
Start standing feet hip-distance apart, slight bend in the knees. Raise your arms straight overhead.
Pull your right knee up to the chest, performing a knee drive. As you perform the knee drive, sweep the arms down so your hands meet under your right thigh.
With control, lower the right foot back down to the ground as you send the arms back overhead.
Then alternate the movement, pulling the left knee up to perform a knee drive as you sweep the arms down again.
Front Punch And Tap Back
Targets: Total upper body — arms, back, shoulders, chest, biceps, triceps, abs and core.
How To Do A Front Punch And Tap Back
Start standing feet hip-distance apart, knees bent, on the balls of your feet.
Hinge forward slightly and bring your fists up to chest level.
Step your right foot back behind you, while jabbing your right hand forward, punching the air in front of you. Keep your left arm in towards your chest.
Then step the right foot back to center as you pull the right arm back in towards your chest.
Alternate the movement, stepping the left foot back as you jab your left hand forward to punch the air in front of you.
Standing Knee To Elbow Crunch
Targets: Rectus abdominis, transverse abdominal muscles and obliques.
How To Do A Standing Knee To Elbow Crunch
Start standing feet hip-distance apart, knees slightly bent. Place your hands behind your head and think about pressing your head into your fingertips, elbows pointing straight out to the sides.
Pull the left knee up towards your chest as you simultaneously pull your right elbow down to meet the left knee. Touch the right elbow to left knee if possible. Think about performing alternating bicycle crunches from a standing position.
Slowly return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Pulling your left elbow towards your right knee.
Continue to repeat these alternating knee to elbow crunches.
3 Fast Feet And Tap Down
Targets: Hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, calves, back and core.
How To Do 3 Fast Feet And Tap Down
Start standing in an athletic stance with your feet shoulder-width distance apart and your hips low, keeps bent.
Push through the balls of your feet and run in place quickly for a three-count.
Then, drop your hips low to sit back into the bottom of a squat, lowering your hips down parallel with your knees. Drive your knees out toward your outer three toes.
At the bottom of the squat, quickly tap the ground with your left hand. Then, pop back up into the athletic stance.
Repeat, alternating the hand that taps the floor for the timed interval.
4 High Knees And Tap Down
Targets: Calves, hamstrings, hip flexors and glutes.
How To Do 4 High Knees And Tap Down
Start standing feet hip-distance apart, knees slightly bent. Send the left knee up, performing a knee drive on the left leg.
Then perform four alternating high knees, driving your right knee up to hip-height, then your left knee. Core is engaged.
After the fourth high knee, step the left foot back behind you. Most of your weight is in your front right foot, back left toe is slightly supporting you. As you step the left foot back, tap the floor with the left hand.
Pull the left knee back to hip-height and continue, tapping down only with the left hand for this entire set, switching sides on the next set.
Lateral Shuffle And Press Across
Targets: Calves, glutes, hamstrings, hip flexors, shoulders, arms, back and core.
How To Do A Lateral Shuffle And Press Across
Start in an athletic stance, feet hip-width distance apart and knees bent. Bring your hands up to chest-level.
Perform two large shuffles to the right side of your mat. On the final shuffle, rotate your torso as you press your left hand across your body. Think about the driving power coming from your hips and core.
Note, toes follow hips and hands to the right.
Then, perform two large shuffles to your left. On the final shuffle, rotate your torso, turning to face the left as you press your right hand crossbody.
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More workouts like this please! I loved it!
Caitlin! I’m so glad you liked this workout — thank you for the feedback and we’ll try and add another like this one to the film list soon! -Lindsey