The Best Alternatives To Running – Get Your Daily Cardiovascular Exercise

Running or jogging is one of the most often suggested cardiovascular workouts. It’s not the only way that you can do your cardio for the day, however, as there are some alternatives. Diversity in exercise is always good, and you want to know your options. Here are the top suggestions for alternatives to running when it’s time for your daily cardiovascular exercise

One of the most popular cardio exercises is cycling. Weather can stop you from cycling outdoors, but you have an alternative solution. You can cycle indoors. Group cycling is fun, too, and there are even classes for that type of exercise. What’s great about this running alternative is that you have multiple options.

You can go to the gym and cycle alone, attend a group cycling class, get an extreme bike for your home or cycle outdoors along various routes. It’s great when your options fan out like that because you are better able to make adjustments to your workouts when necessary. You shouldn’t have any problems cycling when you want to do so. 

Cycling is just one of the alternatives to running for cardiovascular exercise though. You have many other options available to you as well. Have you seen the popular slide boards? They are popular for workouts, and what’s also great about them is they are quite compact. You can store them easily in a closet or against the wall. Even leaving them out in the open doesn’t require much space.

They make a nice addition to any home gym, and you can find them in public gyms, too. The slide boards are also rather inexpensive, which is good to know when you are trying to pursue exercise in a cost efficient manner. Are you thinking about getting a slide board for cardiovascular exercise?

This next suggestion is even more cost efficient. You might not want to do it indoors at home, but you can certainly do it outdoors and in a gym. Do you have a jump rope? Jumping rope is great cardiovascular exercise, and you can shake things up in a number of different ways. There are also various weighted ropes that you can buy.

You could even use ankle and wrist weights when jumping rope. You are likely to find out that there is a jump rope fitness class near you as well. So you can either jump rope by yourself, or you can do it in a group setting, just like with cycling. Add jumping rope to your list of possible exercises, and now it’s time to move on to the next suggestion. 

What is your reason for looking at alternatives to running when it comes to cardiovascular exercise? Diversification is important, and of course running also is going to find you pavement pounding. Pavement pounding mean that running outdoors is a high impact workout. That being said, you can run without that type of impact.

How do you accomplish that? You can run on a treadmill. Wrong. Treadmill pounding is the same thing, or similar. Therefore, it is what makes people sometimes give up on the running, as they think there is no way to run without such an impact. Yet there are always changing technologies when it comes to fitness equipment. In fact, there is a machine called the Octane Zero Runner.

Have you heard of this machine? By now, there might be similar machines that you can use to help you get a running workout with zero impact. There are elliptical trainers and other similar machines that you can use in a gym to get your cardiovascular exercise, too. It’s up to you what you use if you’re at the gym or working out in home, but you certainly have plenty of options.

If you like cycling, but you want to shake things up even further than the aforementioned suggestions, you might want to look at some of the other equipment that’s available, too. Have you heard of the Stridecore? What about the Streetsrider?

Playing sports is another way that you can get your cardiovascular exercise without running. How does shooting hoops sounds to you? If you like to play basketball, it’s a great form of cardiovascular exercise. You can shoot some hoops, and there are other sports you can play as well.

Some of the cardio equipment mentioned is also popular with certain group fitness classes. The cycling classes were already mentioned, but you might want to get a good look at what’s available to you in your area if you enjoy group exercise. You could also look into starting your own group if you would like. 

Swimming is another great suggestion. Swimming can be done during any season with the right setup. Do you have facilities available to you in your city where you can swim both indoors and outdoors? Swimming is a great cardio workout and a great full body workout. Another great aspect of swimming is it is great for people of all ages. 

Do you like going out on the water? If you have the option available to you, rowing is a great running alternative as well. Not only can you take up rowing out on the water, but there are also rowing machines for something a little different. If you want to try out rowing, it certainly is going to give you a big workout.

Then there is walking, too. You can go walking vs running. Running as mentioned requires pavement pounding without the right machine. That can have a negative impact on people’s joints and bodies in general, and so some people like to and even have to avoid running. Walking is a great alternative.

You now have many great suggestions for running alternatives when it’s time to get your cardiovascular exercise. You are always going to be able to shake things up. I like the group cycling suggestion and the swimming suggestion. There are also aerobics classes for cardiovascular exercise as well. Which running alternative are you wanting to pursue right now?


Kelly is the founder of RegularityFitness, where she and associates blog about the best fitness exercises, weight loss methods, diet, muscle building. That will help you get a good shape and healthy.

Guest Post: 5 Body Signs You Need More Nutrients

Fatigue is a known sign that you are lacking basic nutrients. On an everyday basis, you should not feel like you’re ready to pass out. On the contrary, if you are eating right you should have bounds of energy. This is a no-brainer but what are some other less obvious signs that you may be lacking more than your share of vital minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients? Read below to find out some signs that you need to watch out for. If you do experience any of these signs, consult with your doctor as to the best course of treatment to ameliorate the situation.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is not uncommon in cold weather or after you get sunburned but if your skin is feeling drier and flakier than usual or you suddenly see more wrinkles, then you may be missing omega-3 fatty acids. Why is this important? Omega-3s lock in moisture by nourishing the lipid barrier of your skin. To get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet eat fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies and sardines. If fish is not your thing, try soybeans (roasted), walnuts, flaxseed and chia seeds. Toss them in your salads, smoothies or cook your everyday food with canola oil. Omega-3 supplements are readily available. To check out some good reviews and find the one for you, see Research and You.

Pale Skin

Pale skin is one of the outwardly visible signs of low iron or anemia, which generally results from a reduction in the number of red blood cells or if those red blood cells are smaller and filled with less hemoglobin. You may also notice a shadow underneath your eyes. Iron deficiencies may be a sign of an underlying issue, so make sure you see a doctor. You can load up on lentils, beef, spinach, liver, sesame seeds and dried fruit (such as apricots, prunes, and raisins) to increase your iron.

Swollen, Cracked and Sore Lips

In the winter, lips crack easily and may even bleed but if you notice that your lips are seriously cracked and sore for long periods of time you may be dehydrated or you may have a riboflavin (or vitamin B2) deficiency. You can tell the difference if the dryness occurs around the outside of your lips and if you also have a swollen, dark-red tongue. Don’t delay in getting treatment since a riboflavin deficiency may cause nerve damage. To include more riboflavin in your diet eat almonds, salmon, broccoli, cheddar cheese, eggs, beef liver, lamb, milk, yogurt, mushrooms, spinach or sun-dried tomatoes.

Bleeding Gums

If you see a little blood on your toothbrush, it most likely means you need to floss more often or that you may have the beginnings of gingivitis. However, if you do floss regularly and your gums start bleeding for no reason, you may have a vitamin K deficiency. The role of vitamin K is to help blood clot or coagulate. You can get plenty of this nutrient from dark, leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley and Brussels sprouts. You can also consume other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage or fish, liver, meat and eggs.

Going Gray

Gray hair is a normal part of aging but if you notice a sudden change in your hair texture or if you’re going gray sooner than expected then a copper deficiency may be the culprit. Copper helps you create melatonin, one of the pigments that gives your hair its color. Low vitamin D or vitamin B-12 levels might also trigger premature graying. Try consuming almonds or hazelnuts to get more copper, drink fortified dairy products for vitamin D and eat animal products, including fish, meat, poultry and eggs for a vitamin B-12 deficiency.

Bottom Line

Nutritional deficiencies may be a result of underlying medical issues or conditions. Your body is a temple and will start to break down if you are depleted in certain minerals and vitamins. Each morning take a close look at your body and don’t delay if you see any of the signs we mentioned or others that concern you. Early detection is key.

Kelly is the founder of RegularityFitness, where she and associates blog about the best fitness exercises, weight loss methods, diet, muscle building. That will help you get a good shape and healthy.

Guest Post: Top 10 Weight Loss Exercises

Losing weight can be a difficult prospect. With so much information out there, it can be tough to find the right method. In this article, I’ll be talking about some fantastic weight loss exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime, and can help increase your metabolism so your body will burn off fat like butter.

There’s a common belief that only long distance or cardiovascular endurance type of exercises are good for weight loss. While you do lose weight while doing those exercises, they don’t increase your metabolism very much, because they don’t build much muscle mass. By doing some strength training, you will increase your muscle tone, and this will increase your metabolism. This can dramatically help you lose weight.


Squats are a great way to strengthen your upper legs, calves, stomach, and lower back. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Take a deep breath in. Pull you arms back behind you, and begin to swing them forward as you squat down. Put the weight on the balls of your feet. Swing your arms so they tips of your fingers barely touch the floor. Inhale as you stand up. Repeat as many times as you can. At first, you’ll be able to do ten or twenty, but you’ll be able to increase over time.

Push ups

Push ups are another great way to increase your lean muscle mass. They work pretty much every muscle above the waist. Start in the push-up position, and then raise your backside so that you are in an upside down V. As you lower your midsection, sweep your chest and face forward, and then lift them up. Your legs and waist should be just above the floor, and chest and face should be pointed forward. Return to the V position and repeat. This is fairly difficult, so don’t expect to do more than a couple the first time. Just keep at it, and be prepared to be amazed at the changes in your upper body.

Sit up

Build good looking abs with sit ups. There are countless variations, so just choose one that you are familiar with. A common one, which works plenty of muscles, is called the mummy sit up. Lay down on your back, like you are getting ready to go to sleep. Then sit up without bending your legs, or lifting them off the floor. When you can do twenty-five of these, consider yourself to have stronger stomach muscles that pretty much anybody you meet.


Walking makes the best exercises list not because it is extraordinary but because you do it every day. It is extremely easy to stick to a workout plan when it includes walking because it’s something you do anyway. Simply making yourself walk more or further is much easier task than keeping that New Year’s resolution to go to the gym three times a week!


A plank is a variation of a push up and really works the core muscles. It includes pushing up off the ground as if you’re going to do a push up, but instead holding the pose for at least one minute. A repetition of ten to twenty planks per day will shed the pounds quicker than with 500 pushups a day! It is a good idea to start out slow as just one of these can really make a difference in your overall weight loss.


Dancing is an incredibly fun and easy way to shed pounds quickly. It also falls into the category of walking in that it is something that is easy to do when you are cleaning house or just lazing around on a Saturday morning. Remember it is always the things that are enjoyable that help you lose weight fast and that is because you are more likely to stick to the regimen if you aren’t bored or feel like you are punishing yourself.

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell Swings are a safe and effective exercise for most people. It’s a great full body workout that recruits several different muscle groups. Kettlebell swings not only improve muscle definition, but they’ll work on your cardiovascular endurance as well. If you have back pain, these are a great low impact exercise to improve endurance and strengthen the muscles of the back without a lot of risk for injury.

Strengthening Exercise

Strengthening exercise builds muscular strength and is a great complement to aerobic exercise. Lifting weights or utilizing resistance training machines are a great way to build muscle strength, but you can also successfully build muscle in the comfort of your own home by doing sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts or taking a 2-5 pound weight with you when you go for a walk. Resistance bands can be purchased and used in the comfort of your home, as well.

Flexibility Training

Flexibility training is important because as we age, the full range of motion of our muscles and joints can decrease, and stretching can prevent this from happening. It’s easy to incorporate stretching into your exercise routine by stretching for at least 5-10 minutes before and after aerobic and strength-training exercise programs. And be sure you don’t overstretch, as this can injure your body.

Combo Workout Regimens

Combo workouts are quicker ways to lose weight. Doing the same workout every day can not only be boring but it can also prevent you from seeing true results. Once your body becomes conditioned to a workout it begins to slow down in way of progression due to muscle memory. But this is only one reason that combo workouts make such difference in your weight loss success.

These ten exercises should be enough to get you started. Don’t push yourself too hard, and add repetitions only when you feel comfortable. Give yourself a couple of months, and prepare to be amazed at how well these simple exercises will burn fat and dramatically change the way your body looks.

Kelly is the founder of RegularityFitness, where she and associates blog about the best fitness exercises, weight loss methods, diet, muscle building. That will help you get a good shape and healthy.

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