What are some alternatives to walking for exercise?

Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln on behalf of barre3
One of the best things about walking as a form of exercise is that it is so easy and convenient for most people. It doesn’t require a gym or even any props and can be done almost anywhere. At barre3 we like to develop our online and app workouts with the same convenience in mind. Many only require a waist-high surface, such as a chair. Like walking, all our workouts are low-impact and range from 10-60 minutes, focusing on total body strength and balance. By strengthening the muscles, you can improve your posture and balance as well as improve your energy levels and move all day with more ease and grace. Check out a few of our videos for some ideas on how to get started.  http://www.sharecare.com/user/sadie-lincoln/videos
Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Strengthening muscles that support weak hip, knee, or ankle joints and working on flexibility can help you return to walking comfortably. But if these trouble spots make walking too hard for you right now, try some of these other options:
  • elliptical trainer
  • hand-crank bike
  • kayaking simulator
  • recumbent or upright stationary bike
  • recumbent or upright stationary stepper
  • rowing machine
  • swimming
  • tai chi
  • water aerobics
  • water walking
By working large muscles, which bumps up your heart rate and breathing to circulate oxygen more quickly throughout your body, all of these choices enhance cardiovascular fitness as well as walking does, while going easy on the joints. Some equipment—like elliptical trainers, kayaking simulators, and recumbent stationary bikes—are available at gyms and exercise rehabilitation centers.

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