Low-Impact Cardio Workout Using Just One Dumbbell

Posted On Jul 26, 2022 By Amy Kiser Schemper

woman doing a dumbbell squat

When we think of cardio, we often think of running, cycling, or jumping onto an elliptical or rowing machine. These are in fact, all good forms of cardiovascular training, but there are many other ways to get your heart pumping and burn calories. High impact cardio like running or plyometrics can be hard on the joints, and equipment can sometimes be difficult to access. However, you can get a pretty great low-impact cardio workout, with the bonus of sculpting your muscles, all just with one dumbbell.

It requires more energy to move weight through space, meaning lifting extra weight will increase your heart rate and get your lungs working hard, even if you aren't running or jumping. And low impact cardio using a dumbbell is a great option for those with joint issues, recovering from an injury, or just needing something low impact. Check out this quick, full body low impact dumbbell workout below.

Low-Impact Dumbbell Cardio Workout

*Do each for 45 seconds, then repeat on the other side, followed by 15 seconds of rest. Repeat the circuit 3 times.

  • Squat and press
  • Hamstring curl and bicep curl
  • Lunge and knee
  • Skater Handoff
  • Step touch push

And there you have it. A low-impact cardio workout with just one dumbbell.