Alternatives to running

J_Smith

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I find it hard to actually get out running very often to due my location so are there any excerises I can do to get similar benefits to running?

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Jay.
 

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J_Smith said:
I find it hard to actually get out running very often to due my location so are there any excerises I can do to get similar benefits to running?

Thanks,

Jay.
Cycling, , especially with a programme, works the legs like a bitch so good for all the yomping in the RM's too, rowing, anything that gets your heart pumping well and gets you sweating ( oh missus)
 

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Swimming as well is good for you if you can include swimming in your routine. Treadwater whilst you in swimming, I usually include a few lengths of breast stroke where I just use my arms and leave my legs trailing. This gets the old heart pumping and is a good work out for your cardio system and your upper body :-D
 

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When at the gym I use the cross trainer. At the moment Im using it for about 25 mins on the hardest level n i think its brilliant. Makes you sweat loads obv not as good as running though. I also go all out on the rowing machine. 3 all out goes for 2 mins each to let the heart recover.
 

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Rob- Do you do this instead of running due to shin splints? Just wondering as i do pretty much the same, using cross trainer and rower.
If so, how are you finding using these 2 items instead of running?
 

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They are all good methods yes but at the end of the day when your out on speed march, on the endurance course or a troop run you wont have a cross trainin or a rower to do it on im not trying to be a kill joy but you need to do as much runnin as you possibly can. Marines thrive on it.
 

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Im with Carl. There is no replacement for running, just small alternatives. Running is a once of a kind exercise that pushes the body and hits it hard.
 

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True, but if someone has shin splits and cant run, then the other two exercises make decent enough replacements untill running can be incorporated back into a training regime.
Much better than sitting doing nothing waiting for the injury to heal.
 
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