The best types of cardio for people who hate running

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Whether you loathe running or are getting tired of the treadmill, it’s time to add these workouts to your cardio repertoire…

Trampolining

Bouncing on a mini-trampoline, aka rebounder, is a great form of exercise – not to mention that it’s super fun. Studies have shown trampolining workouts are actually as effective as running and better for your body. It’s a low-impact cardio option which means your muscles and joints will thank you.

DOSE recommends: Rebounding at Frame

Versaclimber

Think running sucks? Get yourself on a versaclimber, a piece of exercise equipment that mimics a vertical climbing motion. There are lots of reasons to love it: it’s low-impact, engages all of the muscles in your body and research suggests a session burns more calories per minute than any other cardio machine.

DOSE recommends: Climb to the Beat at Sweat by BXR 

Boxing

If you’re looking for something that packs a huge cardio punch and builds full body strength, look no further than boxing. It’s also one of the best stress-busters out there as punching helps to relieve muscle tension.

DOSE recommends: BoxCon at 12×3 Gym

Dancing

Did you know shaking your booty can give you a feeling similar to a ‘runner’s high’ so there’s no need to pound the pavements? One hour of non-stop dancing is guaranteed to get your heart pumping and release those happy hormones.

DOSE recommends: Dance Cardio at Body by Simone

Rowing

Rowing is the ultimate full-body scorcher as every stroke utilises 85% of the muscles in your body across nine major muscle groups. Get onboard ASAP if you have dodgy knees as it places less impact on the knee joints than running.

DOSE recommends: Beats at The Engine Room

Swimming

Going for a swim can be a bit of a faff but don’t let that put you off because it has a multitude of benefits on the body, as well as the mind. It’s a form of cardiovascular or aerobic exercise and doing laps of the pool can burn between 300 to 500 calories per hour.

DOSE recommends: London Fields Lido

By Sam

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