Can't get to the gym? Try some of these low impact exercises at home!

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Brenda Braslow
Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

Looking for some videos for low impact exercises at home? This list includes some of our personal favorites, and we also combed the web. We even included some seated exercise, and also a few for advanced age and limited mobility.

Low impact exercises at home

If you can't get out of the house or office to exercise - no worries! The internet and recorded videos offer plenty of exercises that can be done in the home or office. All you need is a space to safely move around, comfortable clothing, supportive athletic shoes, maybe an exercise mat, and a screen. The screen could be your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. You just need to be connected to the internet and you are set to move. If the virtual option is a good fit, many fitness studios also offer live workouts, often for a fee.

I use exercise videos when I can't get out of the house for whatever reason. They are especially convenient while raising kids or for a quick workout during lunch, a break, or before showering for work. The YouTube channel is also fun for discovering exercise videos. In fact, I use videos for workouts at home, in the office or empty conference room, and even for hotel room yoga when traveling. And, if you're not connected to the internet, there are also plenty of exercise DVDs to use as an alternative.

A sampling of videos for low impact exercises at home

Here's a list of YouTube videos for low impact exercises at home, all in a variety of styles with lengths from 5-45 minutes. The criteria for this list was: fun, challenging, beginner-to-intermediate level, and quality instruction. If you like an instructor's style, you can explore their other videos, many of which are free! If you really like a specific fitness program, you often have the option to subscribe.

HIIT (High intensity interval training)

Express Dance HIIT with Katie L - energetic, fun, and quite the 10-minute workout from Obe' Fitness

15 Minute Fat Burning HIIT Workout with No Equipment - full-body workout at intermediate-advanced level, can be repeated if more reps wanted from Natacha Océane


Express Sculpt Class with Megan R - quick, upbeat 10-minute sculpting workout from Obe' Fitness. Feel the burn!


Pilates is great for toning and strengthening

Pop Pilates for Beginners - Total Body Workout - nice instruction which is very important for Pilates. Recommend for someone wanting to check out Pilates or for someone who has not done it for a while.

Good Morning Pilates Routine -10-minute standing pilates and stretching, no equipment needed from the Girl with the Pilates Mat

10-minute Standing Pilates and Abs Workout -10-minute standing pilates, no equipment needed from the Girl with the Pilates Mat

Barre Exercise

10-Minute Standing Barre Core Workout, POPSUGAR Fitness - fast-moving but shows a modified version for less movement

30-Minute No-Equipment Barre Sculpting Workout, POPSUGAR Fitness -energizing and fun workout

Cardio Dance

The Most Fun 15 Minute Cardio Dance Fitness Workout EVER - fast-moving, fun cardio dancing by The Studio by Jamie Kinkeade


10 minute Power Yoga Workout Quick Abs & Core / Sarah Beth Yoga - nice instruction for core power yoga

Full Body Flow | 20 Min. Yoga Practice - pleasant, fun with excellent instruction

45 Minute Everyday Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class | lululemon - clear instruction; relaxing challenging and strengthening with intermediate-to-advanced options

Seated exercise

Seated exercise is great for seniors and those needing slow and gentle movement.

Sit and Be Fit "Live from Central Park" - fun 25-minute senior exercise program. The video instructor is an RN senior fitness expert. Go to homepage for resources and videos recommended for specific health conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia.

Sit and Be Fit Balance and Circulation - clear instruction showing both seated and standing options

And of course please make sure your doctor approves exercise for you. You always want to exercise effectively and safely, based on your current health status.

Have you been doing any good quick workouts at home? Please share!

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Exercise->Aerobic & Cardio Exercise->Pilates / Yoga / Core
May 20, 2020
Disclaimer: The information provided here does not constitute medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, please visit your healthcare provider or medical professional.

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