Can't Run? Try These Low Impact Cardio Alternatives

Can't Run? Try These Low Impact Cardio Alternatives

Sometimes running is the enemy. No, not because it makes you sweat and skyrockets your heart rate (these are actually good things). If you've been injured and staying off your feet is mandatory due to something like shin splints, then there are plenty of other ways to get in your needed cardio. 

It's called low impact cardio, and it won't have you constantly driving your feet into the ground like running does. Let's take a look at some of the best ways you can get in your needed cardio without jogging!


This one may be fairly obvious, but it's a great way to get cardio in. You can do it on a stationary bike or get out into the elements with a traditional bike. Either way, you'll be blasting calories and getting in a great workout.


Not only is this great as a low impact cardio workout, it's great to do even without an injury. It hits every major part of the body so that you get a total body cardio workout and give your muscles some extra resistance.

Upper Body Cardio

If your legs are out of commission completely (we're talkin' a cast or two), then you might want to try upper body cardio. It will keep your legs out of the equation completely so that you can focus on getting your heart rate up without hurting yourself.

Low Impact HIIT

If you need to rush through some cardio, then you might as well make it as effective as possible. HIIT is a great way to blast some calories fast. Since you're working out for a shorter period, there's less of chance you'll hurt yourself further.

Beginner's Low Impact HIIT

If this is your first time trying a high intensity workout, then you might want to start things off slow. This version will take it slightly easier on you so that you have a chance to work up to the harder versions. 

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