5 alternatives to running
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Running is a very effective cardio and high-impact exercise. However, for many of us running is not an option due to disease, and others just don't like this type of physical activity.
Here are some alternatives that can easily replace running and provide us with the same health benefits.
NB: Don't forget to consult your doctor before taking up any activity listed below, and to start gradually, if you were not into sport before.
Cycling offers runners the perfect alternative to running. Just like running, cycling can be enjoyed indoors or out thanks to stationary bikes and bike trainers. Cycling allows you to maintain and improve your fitness but without the same stress on your joints and shins. Hop onto a road bike, a stationary bike at home or at the gym, or try an advanced Spin class for a high-intensity workout that just might offer runners a new kind of high.
2. The elliptical trainer
Love it or hate it, the elliptical trainer offers an excellent training alternative for runners who are injured or looking to rest their joints. Elliptical machines allow you to mimic the motion of running, and though a weight-bearing activity, it is low-impact for your joints so that you can get a workout comparable to jogging with less impact on your joints. Focusing on motions that are as similar as possible to your usual running form and sticking to a similar training schedule will help you make the most of this activity and maintain your fitness level.
3. Water running
Runners who need a change but are reluctant to try anything other than running, are likely to find water running, which is also referred to as pool running, to be a good compromise. Just as the name suggests, water running is performed by running in water, often the deep end of a swimming pool with an aqua belt on to provide buoyancy. This great alternative to running lets you enjoy the benefits that come from the motion of running without any impact on your joints. To get the most out of pool running, focus on your form, staying consistent with your regular running motion. Following a training schedule similar to your running schedule will also help you get the most from this unique alternative while still giving your joints a break.
Contrary to popular belief, walking is an effective alternative for runners who want the same health benefits but without the impact on their joints. A study published by the American Heart Association found that walking was just as effective as running in lowering the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. The key is to walk for the same total distance, which may take about twice as long, in order to get the same benefits as you would from running. Along with the health benefits, you also get to enjoy the fresh air and scenery that makes running so appealing.
5. Step aerobics
Taking a step aerobics class or working out to a step video offers a high-intensity and low-impact workout alternative that is easier on the joints than running but still effective in improving muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. One study found that step aerobics exercises offer a biomechanical load that falls between what you would get from walking and running. The key is to perform the moves properly and safely to avoid injury.
Thank you, interesting ideas, for those who can't run or don't like to. Never heard of water running!wonder how it's done
I found aquaerobics to be perfect for me - no joint pain, socially good, met lots of new friends, full body workout and, best of all, it was hilarious, we laughed most of the time! Plus the session after was a lane swim so I had a lovely cool down - slow, relaxed, perfect.
Try DANCE! Any kind you fancy. Fun to do & you forget you are exercising
Walking just did the London bridges walk and raised £485. So enjoyed it
Tai Chi for me !
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