The best low-intensity workouts

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Life would be so much easier if we didn’t have to exercise all the time. Rather than pushing our bodies to the limit for several hours a week, we could spend that time chilling comfortably on the couch. Unfortunately, if you want a slimmer figure and to live a longer life, you’re probably going to have to put in a bit more effort with your workouts. Thankfully, if you’re someone who hates exercise, there are plenty of low-intensity options that will still get your blood pumping.

Walking

You might think walking doesn’t count as proper exercise, but it does. There’s a reason why experts advise you to get on your feet and move around a little every day. It’s not just so you can stretch your legs – although that is a good idea too – but because walking is a great exercise for you. Yes, you might need to go at a bit of a brisker pace if you want it to have an effect, but that’s hardly going to exhaust you. It’s nowhere near as tiring as running. Plus, it’s a great way to spend the day if the weather’s on your side.

Elliptical machines

Elliptical machines can either be intense or relaxing depending on what you’re looking for. It’s easy to take things slowly on this equipment while still pushing your body enough to lose those pesky calories. Plus, because your feet always stay on the ground with this machine, you don’t put any additional strain on your back, knees or hips. It’s up to you whether you want to use the handles or not, but if you’re looking to give your upper body a bit of a workout, they’ll do a great job. At the end of the day though, it’s entirely up to you.

Swimming

Plenty of people love to hit the pool, although not a lot of them actually go there to exercise. Usually, they just want to chill in the water when it’s hot outside. However, the pool is a great place to work out your body, and it’s not even that exhausting an exercise. You can take the strokes at your own pace – this isn’t the Olympics after all – and you’ll be amazed by the results. The more time you spend swimming, the more defined your body will become. We’d say that was a pretty good reason to go to the pool, wouldn’t you?

Cycling

Depending on where you do it, cycling isn’t that demanding an exercise. Like these other workouts, it’s something that you can take at your own pace. However, if you prefer to go slow and steady, you’re probably better off cycling on a stationary bike at the gym. People on the road aren’t going to be as appreciative of your slow speed as you might be. Fortunately, cycling is a favored exercise at the gym, so there’s always enough bikes if you’re looking to do a workout. You’ll burn off those pounds in no time.

Just because it’s important to exercise regularly, that doesn’t mean you have to go crazy. Low-intensity workouts can be just as beneficial to your health without forcing you to wear yourself out.

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