When those joints demand a break, try rowing for a lower-impact workout that’s just as effective at getting the heart pumping. Rowing is a great full-body exercise that’s especially challenging on the legs, core, and back, and most machines make adjusting pace and resistance easy. So whether it’s for a quick sprint or long haul, give rowing a go once or twice a week — your knees will thank you.
The Takeaway: Try rowing for a lower-impact workout that’s just as intense for the heart.
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