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Workouts for People Who Don’t Run

By Hannah Tice

Every saturday morning, I wake up and walk to my nearest coffee shop.  I order my  regular latte and bagel and watch a dozen runners jog to the park for a weekend workout.

As I swallow another bite of dense carbohydrates, guilt slams into my gut.

I keep eating, though, because 1.) it’s so darn tasty and 2.) I HATE running.

If you have joint pain in your ankles, knees, back, (heck, anywhere!) you know what I mean.

Somewhere in my mid  20s, running became torture instead of a way to get fit. Luckily,  I’ve found some healthy alternatives to counteract my bagel binges and runner’s remorse. (If you are a runner, way to go. I wish I had your form and swan like legs but that’s all it is — a wish).

Here are some workout alternatives that won’t make you go in circles.

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

After signing up for a free trial week at Chelsea Piers, I fell in love with rock climbing. Yes, there’s a little bit of discomfort in the groin area but the feeling of reaching the top is  so rewarding. The mental aspect of planning your next move serves as a great distraction for the tension in your muscles. There’s a reason why rock climbing chicks have killer arms and legs. And did I mention guys?  If you’re looking for a mountain man in the city, head to you local rock climbing facility. You might end up with more than a great way to get fit. Bring a friend or two for a weekend get together.



I bet you thought your trampolining days were over. Think again. Jumping on a trampoline is a heart racing, leg lengthening, tooshy toning workout. A small trampoline might be one of the best pieces of equipment you buy.  It’s low impact and works multliple muscles at a time. No room in your house/apartment/sofa? Try a trampoline gym.  Alexandra Perez, founder of the Bari Studio in Tribeca, believes that a tramploline workout is the ultimate exercise: “When you’re bouncing, at the very top of your movement, there’s zero gravity,” says Perez. “And at the very bottom of your movement, you weigh four times your weight, so it’s very different from anything else on the ground or in the water.” In other words, forty-five minutes of bouncing up and down will make you sweat.



Okay, you already know that dancing can get your heart pounding. Simply crank up the tunes and get your groove on. In front of a friend, in front of a mirror … who cares! As long as you’re moving continuously, you’re sure to burn calories. My roomies and I like to throw on ‘N sync (back when Justin’s hair looked like ramen noodles)  and other 90s boy bands. By the end of the night we’re usually dancing with brooms and swiffers. Hey, anything in the name of fitness and fun.



If you’ve read any of our exercise posts, you know we’re big fans of swimming for its gentle but efficient results. Now that it’s summer, take advantage of  your vacations and weekend retreats by doing some laps in the pool or playing a fun game of marco polo.

Source: NY Daily News








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