Cardio Fitness without Running

Running can be a good workout, but it is high-impact. There are many other options one can do that are low-impact and still incorporate great cardiovascular exercise. Some options include the following:

  • Elliptical Training
    Elliptical training is a full-body, low-impact exercise. This workout uses the muscles of the upper body as well as the lower body. The targeted muscles are the quads, hamstrings, glutes, chest, and triceps. 
     
  • Stair Climbing
    This exercise machine requires you to mimic the process of climbing a very long staircase. By continually climbing the moving stairs, you incorporate the glute muscles and get a great workout. This can also be done by running up and down a staircase.  
     
  • Rowing
    Rowing is another full-body exercise. It stimulates the same muscles as would rowing a boat in the water. The muscles that are worked are the glutes, quads, hamstrings, biceps, and back. 
     
  • Swimming
    There is zero impact involved in this exercise, which makes it a great exercise for those with joint issues. Underwater weights can also be used to maximize the intensity. 
     
  • Biking
    There are lots of different ways to try biking. You can use a stationary bike, go to a spin class, or ride outdoors. Biking is a great way to burn calories while putting minimal amounts of pressure on the joints. 
     
  • Walking
    Walking is a great low-impact, cardio activity. Interval training can be added by switching between faster and slower speeds.