Hate Running? Try these Cardio Workouts Instead

Hate Running? Try these Cardio Workouts Instead

When it comes to cardio exercises, running is the one of the best workouts you can do. But — what if you hate to run? It is no secret that for many people, nothing chafes them more than the thought of strapping on their sneakers and going for a run.

There are plenty of other ways that those who are against running can get their cardio in. Check out these great cardio exercises to replace running and get yourself in shape.

1. Mountain climbing

Mountain climbers are a great way to get some cardio while in the comfort of your own home. Start by getting in the pushup position. Arch your back a bit and bring your knees to your chest, one at a time. Increase the pace at which you bring them so you start to work up a sweat. You’ll need some good endurance to get through a few sets of mountain climbers.

2. Trampoline

Even without even considering the cardio component, jumping on a trampoline is a ton of fun (even as adults!). Now consider that you can get a hard cardio workout and leg workout while jumping and tumbling around on the trampoline, and you got yourself one fun cardio workout.

3. Spinning

Spin studios are popping up everywhere, as stationary cycling is experiencing a surge in popularity as a cardio workout. Most gyms offer a spin class with pump up music and a trained instructor taking you through the motions and getting you to work up a sweat. Many people enjoy being surrounded by other spinners, striving towards a common goal of fitness. But you can spin on your own too with any stationary bike and get the same results.

4. Swimming

Swimming is one of the most effective cardio workouts and it also is the easiest on your body. You don’t get the strain on your joints that you would from other exercises. And along with the cardio, you use nearly all of your muscles and build strength all over your body. If you have a pool at your home, try swimming laps a few times a week. If not, many gyms have pools that are meant for cardio exercise.

5. Stairs

Walking up stairs or on the stairmaster at the gym is another great way to get your cardio in without having to run. Outside of the gym, choose to take the stairs instead of an elevator whenever possible. You can adjust the speed on the stairmaster to fit the intensity you would like. And if you want to really help strengthen and shape your lower body, consider wearing a weight vest while on the stairmaster.

You don’t have to run to get your cardio in. All it takes is a little creativity and you can find the cardio workout that fits you.