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Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Fitness | 0 comments

Cardio Fitness without Running

Cardio Fitness without Running

Cardio Fitness without running.

Everyone needs to incorporate cardio into their exercise routines, and some of us need to more than others it seems. Don’t let the cardio portion of your workout slack because you don’t like the idea of running. There are other avenues you can travel down for your cardio that don’t involve running. Let’s talk about those now.


The elliptical training method is going to give you the cardio workout you need without having to run. This is considered to be a low-impact cardio workout style and similar to cross country skiing. You will be working both your upper and lower body so you will get a better workout than just your lower body on a treadmill. You can burn about 180 calories in a 30 minute elliptical workout. Try this today.

Stair Climbing

This is another low-impact form of a cardio workout for you to do without running. A stair machine looks like a staircase and the way this workout works is by constantly walking up steps that rotate around. You will give your glutes a great burn with a staircase workout. If you don’t belong to a fitness club than find yourself a set of stairs an continue to walk or run up and down the steps to get your stair climbing workout.


Rowing is like elliptical training which works both your upper body and lower body. You will be on a rowing machine. You will want to sit up on the seat, place your feet on the angled platform and grab the handle with both hands. You will then push off of the platform steadily and pull the handle towards your chest, and repeat.


Swimming is a great cardio workout, which you can do in a pool or lake. Swimming will burn many calories and work multiple muscles. This form of a cardio impact gives zero impact on joints, so if you have any injuries to your joints you won’t injure yourself further.


If you aren’t going to run to get your cardio workout in you can walk instead. Walking is going to get your heart pumping and that exercise you need. This is also a low impact form of cardio. You can walk either outdoors or on a treadmill in the gym.

Here is a program you can use possibly for your non running cardio workout.

Jumping jacks 2 minutes
Squats 1 minute
Side lunges 10 sets
Jumping rope 1 minute
Jump squats 15 reps
March in place 1 minute
Burpees 15 reps
March in place 1 minute
Walking lunges 10 sets
Squats 1 minute
Jump rope 1 minute
Jump Squats 15 reps
Jump rope 1 minute
Step up 2 minutes
March in place 2 minutes
Push ups 20
Ab work 5 minutes
Tricep dips 30


This workout is not going to be considered low impact but is going to be a good cardio workout without having to run.

Make sure before you approach any of these exercises you stretch first and talk to your doctor.

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