Jogging is definitely one of the most popular sports worldwide. But what to do if you are one of those people who do not enjoy running or for whom running even causes problems and pain? We present some alternatives to jogging that focus on movement in nature.
The Bike As An Alternative To Tunning
Cycling is just as popular as jogging. For the athletes among us it is an open secret that the calorie consumption increases again. The purchase costs for the bike are of course significantly higher than for jogging or the scooter. If it pinches while running, riding a bike can be an appropriate alternative. Cycling relieves the joints, is also suitable for overweight people and strengthens the pumping function of the heart.
When it comes to physical fitness, cardio and deep muscles, swimming is a great alternative. Provided you like the cool water. While in summer you can happily swim laps under the open sky in the outdoor pool, many indoor pools in the area are also available in winter. However, there are also disadvantages to consider. The fun often doesn’t start at the front door and admission has to be paid. Unless you have your own swimming pool or a free option, such as a natural outdoor pool, nearby. You are usually wet after sport anyway, so that the obligatory shower is due for all alternative suggestions anyway.
The topic of aqua jogging comes up in particular for rehabilitation measures or after injuries. However, aqua jogging is rarely used as a sporty substitute for jogging. The proportion of women doing aqua jogging is slightly higher, which women who prefer to train under themselves will find positive.
It may surprise you that a ball sport like soccer made it this high in our list, but the facts speak for themselves: During a game, a soccer player covers an average of 9 to 11 kilometers, of which four kilometers are jogging pace, two are brisk pace and 800 to 1000 meters in the sprint; plus two and a half kilometers of walking and 600 meters of backward movement. When runners play soccer for a change, they usually far exceed these averages.
When walking, fast walking, the same large muscle groups are used as when running, but with a much lower compression load. A similarly high number of calories as with (slow) running is only burned at very high intensity.
Good old aerobics really work. Done properly, aerobics are excellent cardiovascular exercise; it strengthens important muscle groups, especially in the thigh area, and improves movement coordination, which has a positive effect on running performance. The conditioning of the upper body, which is often neglected by runners, is also stimulated by many typical aerobic movements.