Stop worrying about the ‘ole joints and try out one of these low-impact workouts from Carissa Johnson to keep you healthy and fit. 

Strength Training

Is pushing the heavy weight causing knee issues or joint pain? Or maybe you just don’t have access to a gym…  swap these out with high rep and/or static holds of body weight movements.  Some options include squats, lunges, push-ups, sit-ups, wall sits and dips.  Try holding an air squat while you’re blow drying your hair, do pushups and /or plank while you’re watching TV. Lunge walking around your house. Buy resistance bands to up your workout at home options without breaking the bank. It’s amazing what you can do with just a few items and your body.

Cardio /High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Jump on the dreaded assault bike, rower, elliptical or stair master to sweat it out and burn some fat. All of these machines are much lower impact than running on the pavement and you can get the same benefits as running.  Add in sprint intervals/HIIT to really rev the metabolism.  Or heck, join a cycling class and get your spin on.

Get Outside

Get outside, get some fresh air and enjoy your life! Hiking or even power walking are a great way to stay healthy and fit.  Maybe stop for some bench step ups or some rounds of bodyweight exercises along the way. Add a weight vest to up the intensity too.


Get fit, get flexible, and de-stress. There are so many benefits to yoga besides it being low impact.  It can be a great stress reliever, increase concentration, better balance and stability, and improve flexibility and posture. 


Although I can’t swim ?, this is a fantastic full-body workout option for those who can. It helps to build endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. 


Both enjoyable and stress relieving. Dance provides so many options and varieties, you can choose one that fits you and dance your way to your fitness goals.  Plus if you’re too embarrassed to dance in a class in front of other people you can always turn the tunes up at home and get after it. ?

WBFF Pro and Fit Mom Carissa Johnson

Carissa Johnson

Carissa Johnson grew up playing soccer and after getting into her corporate accounting career realized she missed competing and the gym.  She earned her WBFF Pro Card in 2011, unfortunately shortly after was in a horrific pedestrian car accident leaving her not sure if she would be able to walk again.  Carissa fought through; built back up her strength and after many surgeries has been able to step back up on stage.  She is the proud mom of two and also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).


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