Alternatives to Running for All the Haters

There’s no doubt that running is really good for the body and overall health and wellness. But just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the most popular form of exercise. While there are many people who love the feeling of a good run, there are just as many who detest it. The sweat. The Pavement. The burning lungs. No thanks. If you are among the many running haters, take a look at these great alternatives that will help you get your dose of cardio and boost your health for good.


If you really hate running, but you want the many benefits that come with it, try simply slowing it down. Instead of running, just go for a brisk walk. Walking will bring you the same benefits, though it may take a little longer. You’ll work all of your muscles, enhance lung function, and burn calories. But with walking, you’ll avoid the wear and tear on your joints and ligaments that running can bring. Overall, walking is an excellent way to exercise, and opting for a walk instead of a run may be a smart choice.


Riding a bike is a great way to work the body, especially the lower half. It really sculpts the glutes and leg muscles, and it burns massive calories. Biking can be especially good for your joints, as it requires a smooth movement instead of the jarring motions that come with running. The best part about biking? It’s a ton of fun. Whether you take a quick ride on a stationary bike or go for an old-fashioned ride at the park, you’ll get an awesome workout and love it at the same time.


You’ll rarely find an exercise that is better than swimming. Not only does it work your entire body and push your lungs to new levels, but it also completely diminishes pressure from the joints and other sore spots. The buoyancy of the water provides instant relief, and you may be able to do exercises in the water that you can’t do on land. Go for a quick swim, attend a water aerobics class, or just walk in the pool for a great, flexible, and challenging workout.

Luckily, you don’t have to run if you hate it, and you can still get an incredible workout. The trick is to find something you like, and then stick with it for the best results. Hate running? Don’t suffer through it. Find something better, more enjoyable, and you’ll be more likely to make your routine last a lifetime.

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