When it comes to exercise, the first thing that comes to mind tends to be running. In a world where exercising at the gym can cost a small fortune, running is usually seen as the cheapest and the most effective way to get fit quick.
However, if you’re not fond of this form of exercise (and many of us are not) you’ll be happy to know that there are many great alternatives to running. Although running is a great form of cardio, it is notoriously hard on your knees, ankles and even your back. There is also ongoing research which supports the notion that maybe running is not the best option when it comes to taking your exercise seriously. For example, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that those who run more than 4 hours a week are at the same risk of dying as those who do little to no exercise.
So, to make it easier for you, we have put together our top 5 alternatives to running which will help you get into tip-top shape before the first day of summer sun.
If you love the outdoors but running is just not for you, cycling is a fantastic alternative to running. If outdoors is not your thing either, maybe a spin class is for you! Cycling truly is a versatile alternative to running. Rumour has it that spin classes also burn more calories than a standard run outside and it is far less harsh on your joints, too.
If you’re suffering from running-related ailments, swimming is here to cure you. Freed from the usual gravity and pressure, your body is able to thrive when exercising in water. Using swimming as an alternative to running means you can choose the intensity of your workout each time; whether that’s a few gentle laps across the pool or some intense aqua aerobic classes.
Walking on an Incline
If you’re seeking an alternative to running but can’t quite pry yourself away from the treadmill yet, walking on an incline can be just as challenging as a run. Try setting your treadmill to the maximum incline setting and watch as those calories shred before your eyes. Depending on the incline and the speed, it is possible to burn up to 600 calories per hour. Softer on the joints too, this alternative is a definite winner.
The Elliptical Machine
Allowing you to mimic the same motions, there’s a good reason the elliptical trainer is a popular alternative to running. This popular machine is perfect for low-impact training and depending on the incline and resistance, you can burn just as many calories as you would if you were running. The higher you set the resistance, the more you will be able to tone your legs too. It’s a win-win situation.
In a 1980 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, it was found that both running and bouncing on a trampoline produced similar heart rate levels and calorie burning rates, but trampolining produced significantly less stress on the heart. This means that trampolining is also a fantastic alternative to running. It also impacts your bones and joints less than running (plus it is much more fun - if we do say so ourselves!).
To try out one of our recommended alternatives to running, book a session with us at Jump Factory!