A gentle six-move workout for low-motivation days when you still want to exercise

Mobilize your body and wake up your muscles using this equipment-free routine

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We all have those days when the prospect of a tough strength workout or a grueling HIIT routine is simply too much to bear. And when you're feeling tired or run down, it's a good idea to listen to your body.

This doesn't mean you have to skip working out altogether. In fact, if you're working towards a specific goal, sticking to a consistent routine is one of the best ways to achieve it.

Personal trainer Sara Kathryns recently shared a six-move workout that will activate muscles throughout your body without putting pressure on your joints. It takes less than ten minutes and it's an easy workout to do when you're feeling low on motivation but still want to hit your daily movement targets.

Watch Sara Kathryns' low-impact workout

Kathryns recommends spending 30 seconds on each exercise with no rest between movements, then completing this three times. 

The trainer wears a pair of ankle weights during this workout. Doing this will increase the load you're moving with, helping to build strength. 

Benefits of this workout

Low-impact workouts like this one are a great option when you need slower-paced movement. This type of routine is also ideal if you're dealing with an injury or you're new to exercise. 

There's no jumping or heavy weights involved, which means it's joint-friendly, but it will still help you develop core strength thanks to exercises such as the bear hover and knee cross oblique crunch.

This routine will also mobilize all the major joints and stretch out muscles, so you can work up to more challenging workouts if you want to.

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Alice Porter
Freelancer Writer

Alice Porter is a freelance journalist covering lifestyle topics including health, fitness and wellness. She is particularly interested in women's health, strength training and fitness trends and writes for publications including Stylist Magazine, Refinery29, The Independent and Glamour Magazine. Like many other people, Alice's personal interest in combining HIIT training with strength work quickly turned into a CrossFit obsession and she trains at a box in south London. When she's not throwing weights around or attempting handstand push-ups, you can probably find her on long walks in nature, buried in a book or hopping on a flight to just about anywhere it will take her.