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There must be days when you don't feel like doing your usual workout, either because you're too tired or just feeling less motivated. It's okay to take a day off from your daily exercise. In fact, it is good to have a rest day as it allows your body to recover and repair, as well as refresh your mind. Overtraining can lead to unwanted side effects like severe muscle pains, weakness, mood swings, and depression. But if you still don't want to miss your workout and your body has the ability of pull off some moves, you can try these expert-suggested low-impact, low-intensity exercises instead.
If the jump squats are too much for you, go for full-body extension version. It is actually a modified jump squat, which is performed with your feet rooted firmly on the ground. Follow the steps below:
This is a low-intensity version of your usual jumping jack, but it can still get you moving. Taking the jump out of jumping jacks can be easier on your knees as well. Let's start -
Burpees are a great full-body exercise, but it demands balance, mobility and a strong core. When your body is not 100 percent ready, it can be harder to perform.
So, let's remove the impact and the push-up to make it a half burpee for the lazy day.
You can swap the mountain climber exercise with low-impact alternatives like bicycle crunches or standing bicycles. These moves work the abdominals and improve hip stability without straining much on the knees.
Standing bicycles are an even easier version of mountain climbers. Follow the same steps of bicycle crunches while standing.
Push-ups work your arms, chest, back, core and legs all at the same time. But if you're a beginner or you're too sore, try the modified push-ups by dropping your knees. This will put less stress on your core and legs.
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