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Getting Fit: 3 Great Alternatives to Running

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running may be a great way to get fit, but it’s definitely not for everyone. Some people love the wind in their face, the shoes pounding the pavement, and the sweat dripping down their backs. Other people have bad knees, low back problems … or they simply hate running. So how are you supposed to get fit if you can’t run? Luckily, there are many other ways to make it happen. Take a look at these three alternatives to running that will have you breaking a sweat and getting in the best shape of your life.


Many people grow to really love kickboxing. It’s a cross between cardio and power, so you’ll get the best of both worlds. Most people leave a kickboxing session sweaty (constant movement!) and sore (strong punches and kicks!). It’s fast-paced and tons of fun, so if you hate running because of boredom, kickboxing might be a great option to try. Where can you find this class? Just check out your local gym or ask a local martial arts studio for directions to the best class in town.


A dancer’s body is like none other! Toned, thin, flexible, and super healthy. What’s not to love? If you want to engage in a form of cardio that is both challenging and lots of fun, dancing is where it’s at. You’ll learn a skill, burn massive calories, and break a major sweat. Check out your local dance studio for a list of possible classes. And to make it even more fun, ask a group of friends or a spouse to join in on the fun.


Aerobics is a great form of cardio. It’s excellent for people who need a leader or who like structure in their workouts. In an aerobics class, you just show up and follow the teacher. The music is loud and fast, the class is full of other motivated people, and the workout is as challenging as you make it. Choose a form that suits your needs -- step, floor, power pump -- and join in on the fun and the challenge.

It’s completely possible to get fit without having to run. If you’re not into running as exercise, you don’t have to do it! Use these other forms of cardio as a replacement, and you’ll still push your body toward better health and ultimate fitness in no time.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Calif.

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