If you’re going to be attempting a weight loss regimen and getting fit, you know you’re going to have to start doing some sort of cardiovascular workout. Most often people will use running as their workout of choice, however, it isn’t for everyone. Running can carry some risks along with it, and for some people it’s just not an option. For others like myself, running just isn’t fun!
I won’t go into the benefits and downfalls of running in this article. Instead today I thought I’d list some alternatives to running that people can do to get in shape. There’s no excuse for getting bored with your workout!
Alternatives To Running
- Going for a brisk walk
- Swimming at the local club
- Doing a workout video
- Playing basketball
- Rowing machine
- Hiking on local trails
- Spin classes
- Stationary bike
- Roller Blading
- Cross country skiing
- Mountain bike riding
- Elliptical machine
- Jumping rope
- Circuit training
- Ultimate frisbee
- Step Aerobics
- Rock climbing
Do you have your own exercises that you enjoy doing (that isn’t running?)? Tell us about it in the comments!
Jason @ Redeeming Riches says
Does playing the Wii count? 🙂
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Piko Neal says
I like spinning, swimming, rowing machine, kettleball, martial arts. There is a lot to get you moving besides the road of death, otherwise known as the treadmill.
Those are all great alternatives to running. I love jump roping and plyometrics are fun as well!
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Great list of alternative. I’ve never been a fan of running, but love the rowing and using an elliptical.
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susie james says
I like skipping.
I read somewhere that 10 mins hard skipping is equal to a 30 min jog.
As a long time runner I can tell you running can lose its impact. I started a swimming routine two years ago – didn’t stick but I saw very quick results. Got into Yoga to help the running and fell in love with it. My wife also makes me carry in the groceries if that counts as a workout?
Karen Watson says
I’ve never been a fan of running, but love the rowing and using an elliptical.