6 Alternative Cardio Methods to Running

I eat pizza, drink Prosecco and never ever run. So what if this means my thighs chafe and I erode holes into my jeans. There are bigger problems going on in the world other than my non existent thigh gap. If you don’t like it you can jog on, and don’t worry I definitely won’t be jogging behind you. I can’t run for shit.

To anyone who can run more than a kilometre I applaud you and sort of envy you, it just isn’t in my nature or something I enjoy to do. I used to force myself to run because I thought I needed to, which resulted in me hating those gym sessions. Instead, I now whack up the incline on the treadmill, chuck on my headphones and watch Netflix, it makes it a much more enjoyable session getting to binge watch ‘You’ and feel good about it.

For those of you who are like me and enjoy the lifting but hate the running, try the alternatives below:

1.Stairmaster

The stairmaster is such a good workout and is sure to get your heart rate going! It helps to work your lower body and engages your core, so you can get in a good sweat without having to run anywhere.

2. Incline Walk

As stated above, I love a good incline walk. You can easily adjust the incline/speed to make it more difficult or less difficult on those days when you just can’t be arsed. In the past I’ve arrived at the gym totally knackered and just thought ‘I don’t have the energy for this’ so I go for a gentle incline walk and watch some TV. I’ve even read a book on the kindle app on my phone before now because I’m just that cool. Remember, doing something, is better than doing nothing.

3. Fitness Classes

Classes such as Zumba or aerobics are great alternatives to going for a run. They’re something different and as you’re concentrating on the movements you’re not battling with your mind to push through to just try and run another mile. I burn approximately 350 calories during a 45 minute Zumba class, which I definitely find more fun and don’t dread the thought of going.

4. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Whether this is a HIIT program you follow in the gym, at home or at a class it’s another way to get your lungs working and your heart racing. The benefits of HIIT are that they can be short workouts so are great when you’re pushed for time and research suggests that you continue burning calories even after finishing your workout. Hoorah!

5. Swimming

You don’t have to be a great swimmer to go for a swim. I think people sometimes underestimate how good swimming is for you. You can build endurance and get your heart rate up without putting the extra stress on your body that high impact movements do. It can help build muscle and definition and is something different to mix up your routine. The only downside is, if you work out in the morning, you look like a drowned rat in work for half the day and random middle aged women will tell you ‘You’ll catch your death’ if it’s below 20 degrees and your hair is even remotely damp.

6. Get outdoors

Whether this be for a cycle, a hike or a gentle dog walk. I find being outside helps me to clear my head and I enjoy the fresh air more than the strange aromas you’re sometimes unfortunate enough to come across in a sweaty gym. I work in an office and sit on my arse all day, so sometimes it’s just nice to get outside and enjoy not being indoors or packed into a gym at peak hour like a load of sardines!

Remember, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. We’re all on our own individual journeys, carving our own paths to God knows where. So, don’t beat yourself up for not being the next Paula Radcliffe, do what you enjoy and bin those running trainers which have been in a box at the bottom of your wardrobe since 2013.

Roxie xo

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