6 Low-Impact Cardio Moves for a Pain-Free Workout

Don't get too comfortable, though — you'll still work up a sweat.

High-intensity moves like box jumps, burpees, and jump squats are great for building muscle and getting your heart rate up, but they aren't always the best for your joints. If you're looking for a sweat-inducing workout that won't have your knees angry with you by the end of the night, we have the moves for you!

Deb Sweets, group fitness instructor at Crunch, put together a low-impact, full-body workout that will have you sore in all the right places. It's easy to do, too: Just perform each exercise continuously for 60 seconds, then repeat 2 to 4 times to get the full effect.

"As your body adjusts to the workout, increase the time on each move by 30 seconds," Sweets says. "And remember — the more you use and extend your arms, the harder your body has to work!"

Are you ready to sweat? Follow along with Sweets' six moves below.

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Back Taps Repeater

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Bend the knee of your supporting leg and push into all four corners of your supporting foot. Extend your working leg back, tapping the floor and then pulling the leg bag toward your center. Continue tapping back and forth repeatedly while feeling the work in your standing leg. Use your arms in opposition, reaching them in front of the body every time your leg goes behind you. Keep your abs taut to maintain stability.

Side/Back Taps Alternating

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While tapping one leg to the side, bring your elbows up to shoulder height and extend your arms away from your body. Alternate legs tapping side to side while continuing to extend your arms away from your body. Next, alternate legs tapping back as your arms reach forward and away from your body. Start with 8 reps (alternating) each direction in sequence, then as you get used to the movement bump down to 2 reps (alternating) each direction.

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Alternating Side Squats

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Start standing with your feet hip-width apart. Step one foot to the side into a squat, bending the knees deeply and sending your hips way back like you're reaching your bum into a chair behind you. Make sure your knees are always behind your toes. Step back to starting position and repeat on other side. Continue alternating sides; start slowly, then increase your speed to a place where you can move continuously while maintaining good form.

Side to Side Plié Squats

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Start by standing with your heels together and toes apart. Step one foot out to the side into a wide turned-out squat, this time keeping your hips in line under your shoulders. Reach your arms away from you as you step to the side, then reach them back up as you come to the center. Repeat on the other side. Start slowly, then increase your speed while maintaining good form with your knees always tracking behind your toes.

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Mountain Climbers

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Start in a plank position with your hands under your shoulders and legs extended out behind you. Pull one knee up into your lower core, then switch sides. Increase your speed to the level that feels challenging but also safe. Your hips should always be lower than your shoulders — no booties in outer space!

Plank Jacks

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Start in a plank position with your hands under your shoulders and legs extended out behind you. Jump the legs apart, slightly wider than the hips, then jump back together. Check in with your abs and keep them tight to protect your lower back.

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