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Great Workouts if You Hate to Sweat

By Sara Butler

Some people love to sweat while they workout. But for every person who loves to sweat, there’s someone out there who just can’t stand it. If this sounds familiar, there are ways you can feel the burn without becoming a sweaty mess. In fact, you may fall in love with one of these low-intensity forms of exercise because they’re gentle on your body but still help you to stay fit.


Pilates moves are based on calisthenics, yoga, dance, and gymnastics. They’re designed to help make your core muscles strong and improve posture. It’s not a cardiovascular workout, but a workout comprised of small moves that target strength.

Pilates definitely helps you to feel like you’re getting a good workout, but you won’t be drenched in sweat when you’re done.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics are great for people who want to get a good workout in but don’t enjoy the sensation of being covered in sweat. Water has a way of masking any serious sweating you may be doing, but it’s gentle on your joints. Water aerobics (and other water workouts) can do wonders for your health, so don’t be afraid to take the plunge!


Walking is a great workout and it’s so easy, almost everyone can do it! You can walk inside or outside, even on a treadmill if you don’t have space. Research has shown walking to have a positive impact on a variety of health issues, such as lowering your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes as well as helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Plus, walking can be as intense as you want it to be. Just make sure you’re going at a pace where you’re slightly out of breath. You should be able to hold a conversation, but not sing a song – that’s how you know you’re working at an intensity that your health will benefit from.

Clean the House

Cleaning your house is a workout! Light housework burns over 100 calories an hour for the average person. More intense chores, such as scrubbing the floors or washing windows can burn over 200 calories an hour.

If working in your garden is more your speed, that counts as a workout too! Gardening can burn up to 100 calories in 30 minutes, depending on what you’re doing.

There are so many ways you can get your body moving for your health, you don't have to sweat it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Durham, S.C.


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