How to enjoy cardio when you can’t run
There’s nothing worse than getting into a running routine, and then not being able to go out for a jog. Unfortunately, there are loads of scenarios where you won’t be able to hit the pavement for your usual run. If this bugs you, here’s a few suggestions to ensure you get your runner’s high.
There’s nothing worse than running in the rain. It’s the epitome of misery. This doesn’t mean you have to skip your cardio workout; it just means you need to be a little flexible.
You can easily complete a few high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises from the comfort of your own home. These are bursts of high energy activities followed by a short rest period. Try sprinting on the spot, rapid sit ups/push up/ burpees, high knees, etc. You get the idea!
Traveling Away From Home
Travel can wreak havoc on our running schedule. You need to find a way of fitting in a quick cardio session during your time away. Does the place you’re staying at have a gym? If so, that’s an easy fix, just use the treadmill. However, if there isn’t a treadmill available, a rowing or cycling machine works just as well.
Alternatively, you could pack a jump rope. These are pretty lightweight, all that’s left to do is find enough space to get to work!
Are You Injured?
As amazing as jogging is, it’s also linked with a high injury rate. This is especially true of the shins. So, instead of running, try turning your attention to low-impact workouts like swimming and cycling.
You’ll still feel all the benefits of a good cardio workout, maintain your stamina, all while looking after your injury. Win-win!