Fun Cardio Alternatives for Running

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When you think of cardio, running is probably the first things that come to mind. Now, I know running is not everyone’s cup of tea – I know for sure that it’s not mine. Running is a part of my workout routine, however, I am for sure not a distance runner like my mom. Therefore I don’t run for a long time – maybe 30 minutes max when I’m feeling determined (which I don’t most of the time)

Running is actually very good for you and benefits your entire body, not just your legs. However, running tends to get repetitive and gets boring easily, especially if you are on a treadmill versus running outside.

Here are some fun alternatives for running that will get your heart rate up: 

  1. Dance 
    I love dancing, and if I was aware of how much I loved it as a kid, I wouldn’t have quit. Dance is definitively a fun way to get your heart rate up, especially when you are doing it with friends, and is also a full body workout. For me, dance is a way for you to let go, get into the music, and have fun!
  2. Zumba
    If you aren’t comfortable with traditional genres of dance, such as contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, etc., then Zumba is a great alternative. Throughout the years, Zumba has become a genre of its own, consisting of simplified dance steps into fun exercise routines to upbeat songs. Of course, like “traditional” dance, there are different levels of difficulty and intensity.
  3. Jumping Rope 
    The intensity of jumping rope is probably equivalent to running. However, you don’t have to make it a chore- do it old school! Invite your friends and start skipping like you use to on the playground, or even make it into a competition! There are plenty of games out there that you can use as a form of exercise.
  4. Step Classes 
    Step classes are kind of a mix of Zumba, Pilates, and using different workout equipments. You wouldn’t really think much of step classes, but let me tell you, they can and will kick your butt (of course in a fun way!). Enthusiastic instructors are very supportive and always pick out upbeat songs that set the pace to help you increase your heart rate.
  5. Cycling
    If you are feeling a little more on the lazy side, cycling is a great alternative for you! Using a cycling machine can range on intensity depending on how you use it; however, it will make you sweat like crazy, even without setting a resistance level! And guess what? You can just sit there and move your legs while watching TV, or read, or even work on your blog!

Like my health and fitness mini series? Let me know if you would like me to make a health category for the blog, and I can definitely do that! This will be the second to last post for this series! Which means Saturday will be the last of the mini series before I jump into posts geared towards Valentine’s Day.

If you have any requests for Valentines or date ideas let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time xoxo 


3 thoughts on “Fun Cardio Alternatives for Running

  1. Oh my gosh I feel you on that one – running is NOT my forte. I feel like an old car that needs some serious tune ups whenever I try to run… I personally also like the elliptical. I have bad knees so the elliptical kinda lessens the blow of impact on my knees. I’ll have to try dance though.. It sounds like fun!

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    1. LOL right?! I have bad knees from 3 continuous years of volleyball, so running is a little uncomfortable, but it makes me feel way more out of shape then I actually am hahaha! You should totally try out dancing! So much fun and has same effects as running, but you don’t feel like an old car xD


      1. I did figure skating! Fractured both kneecaps from overuse. Running is okay, but after a few minutes I can feel the pounding they are taking. And that is good to hear! xD


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