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FitSugar Readers Chose Running as Favorite Form of Cardio

Favorite Way to Get It Up, Your Heart Rate That Is: Running

There are many ways to exercise and all facets of fitness are important: cardio, strength training, flexibility, as well as challenging your core. With so many different ways to get you heart rate up, I was curious about your favorite form of cardio. You all definitively chose running as your favorite form of exercise in general, over everything else. So it should really come as no surprise that running, be it on a track, treadmill, trail or the road, is your favorite form of cardio.

If you are not in love with running, today is the day to air your grievances. Tell us why running is not for you in the comments section below. I have all next year to try to convince you, otherwise!

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silverleaf silverleaf 8 years
In response to NewDriveway's comment about the calorie counter, it is really inaccurate and an unreliable indicator of calories burned because it doesn't account for an individual's metabolism rate. Same goes for the heart rate monitor.I don't like cardio either and like others, count the minutes until I reach the end. It helps if there is good music playing at the gym too. When I use the step machine, the burning in my legs renders me incapable of thinking at all, so that helps the minutes tick by as well! :)
silverleaf silverleaf 8 years
In response to NewDriveway's comment about the calorie counter, it is really inaccurate and an unreliable indicator of calories burned because it doesn't account for an individual's metabolism rate. Same goes for the heart rate monitor. I don't like cardio either and like others, count the minutes until I reach the end. It helps if there is good music playing at the gym too. When I use the step machine, the burning in my legs renders me incapable of thinking at all, so that helps the minutes tick by as well! :)
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
btw i have never gotten the 'runners high' that everyone talks about....the only thing i get is counting the minutes until i'm done!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
i really do not like running. i prefer spinning or the eliptical trainer or hiking...BUT i do run at least three times a week only because it is an easy go to cardio workout. this last summer i was doing really well and got up to 6 miles twice a week but then it got cold and i can't seem to bring myself to stay on the treadmill that long - music or not. plus i was running with my friends and now they are training for a half iron man which i have no urge to do and they train at 5AM. so back to running only 6 mi total all week. :)
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 8 years
I love running. It hurts my throat, but if I have my music, it's fun. I love not having to deal with people.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 8 years
I hate running. After a year of running regularly I can only run two miles at a time. I hate going out when it's hot. I hate it when old ladies with chihuahuas pass me on the jogging path at the park. I hate how everyone else makes it look so easy. And I hate how no one makes a decent sports bra in a 32F (although I am going to try Last Resort and Enell bras). Really, the only thing I hate more than running is being heavy and out of shape. So I run anyway.
megnmac megnmac 8 years
I also have pronation/supination issues and have consistently hurt myself running. In high school I hurt ankle ligaments in track and every time I've started up I've ended up hurt. This last time I even tried to go super slow and ease into it with intervals of run/jog and then walking to build up my body's ability to take the impact and I ended up spraining my foot. I don't know if I'll ever give up the dream of being a runner and having what I imagine as the runner's high... but for now I'm just relegated to eliptical, biking, hiking, yoga, pilates, aerobics... and as easy a go to as running would be, I like that I'm forced to be a bit more inventive... ALSO - for those busty women out there, running is totally a possibility with a good sportsbra investment. Title nine (available online) has a barbell system to show what support the bra gives, and I'd have given up LONG ago with my DDs if it weren't for them. I have and LOVE the 3-reasons bra (like the Fiona bra Fit did a blog on) for all of my activities and I am an advocate of the Last Resort bra for anyone that has never been able to control the bounce... it was featured on Oprah at one time, and though it can be weird getting used to and the hooks all up the front take some time to get comfortable doing up, it works wonders and I call it my frogger bra b/c it makes it so I can jump w/o bouncing all over the place!!
megnmac megnmac 8 years
I also have pronation/supination issues and have consistently hurt myself running. In high school I hurt ankle ligaments in track and every time I've started up I've ended up hurt. This last time I even tried to go super slow and ease into it with intervals of run/jog and then walking to build up my body's ability to take the impact and I ended up spraining my foot. I don't know if I'll ever give up the dream of being a runner and having what I imagine as the runner's high... but for now I'm just relegated to eliptical, biking, hiking, yoga, pilates, aerobics... and as easy a go to as running would be, I like that I'm forced to be a bit more inventive... ALSO - for those busty women out there, running is totally a possibility with a good sportsbra investment. Title nine (available online) has a barbell system to show what support the bra gives, and I'd have given up LONG ago with my DDs if it weren't for them. I have and LOVE the 3-reasons bra (like the Fiona bra Fit did a blog on) for all of my activities and I am an advocate of the Last Resort bra for anyone that has never been able to control the bounce... it was featured on Oprah at one time, and though it can be weird getting used to and the hooks all up the front take some time to get comfortable doing up, it works wonders and I call it my frogger bra b/c it makes it so I can jump w/o bouncing all over the place!!
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 8 years
running helped me lose more than 10 pounds in 4 months. i actually saw my body change over time - i got so addicted to my increasingly sexy and fit body...running's awesome.
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 8 years
I over pronate, even with corrective shoes, so I'm better off with the eliptical.The thing that always confuses me--I'll key in my weight and age into the eliptical machine and the treadmill. And even though I feel like I'm working 10 times harder on the treadmill, the calories burned are always higher on the elipical trainer. How can I argue with results like that??
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 8 years
I over pronate, even with corrective shoes, so I'm better off with the eliptical. The thing that always confuses me--I'll key in my weight and age into the eliptical machine and the treadmill. And even though I feel like I'm working 10 times harder on the treadmill, the calories burned are always higher on the elipical trainer. How can I argue with results like that??
SeaFoamGreen215 SeaFoamGreen215 8 years
when i bike or do jumping jacks, or elliptical trainer, swim, etc, i do great! but running hurts my lungs so much. i don't know why!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I personally LOVE running, but in the winter it's so icy and dark and crappy out that I use my elliptical a lot as well. I'm kind of a weather wimp. But if I'm somewhere without my elliptical, I definitely bundle up and get my butt out there running!
dayzfan4life01 dayzfan4life01 8 years
It hurts my knees and my throat!!
quesera79 quesera79 8 years
I agree with the previous comment about running hurting your knees. It hurts mine too. I enjoy it otherwise, but wish there was something I could do about the knees. New shoes? Something to make it less high impact?
squeakyfrommage squeakyfrommage 8 years
I agree with the sports bra comment, and I've got an old, fairly major knee injury, so swimming is my favorite.
hepsmom hepsmom 8 years
Yeah, I agree with most. Running is the best, simply from the burned-calorie perspective. It does take quite a toll on the body, though. I love the running buzz! But, due to ankle and knee problems, I'll limit running to once a week and ellipticize the rest. I'm not on fire for it, but it does work.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 8 years
Running hurts my knees and I can't find a decent sports bra in my size to control the bouncing.
LJDP LJDP 8 years
I used to love running until I sprained my knee skiing - on my honeymoon! (which was last january, it's been a year) I have since gained about 6 pounds because I used to go running everyday, and I loved it because there was no equipment around and I could just go outside and do it, especially because the area I live in is so beautiful. Now I have to stare into space on an elliptical trainer! not really my favorite thing to do. :(
Leighanna Leighanna 8 years
Running is just not good to my body, especially feet and ankles. I bike and use the elliptical trainer. I have to force myself to do cardio--I hate it!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I have to agree with gumdrops...
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I have been jogging at a pace of 5.5 for two minutes and 4.0 for two minutes for about 30 minutes...that's not too good since I'm male and 6'1, but it's all I can do without dying. It really hurts my feet. Since I started my full time office job, the leather shoes I wear gave me a callus...(EW, T.M.I.), so I'm trying to heal it. Running just feels so violent on my body! BUT, I really want to run because of quick results I see.
chiamollie chiamollie 8 years
my cardio of choice is swimming... but there ARE times (on vacation, etc.) when being able to get up and go for a jog would be nice. problem is... running sneakers need to be replaced every year or so even if you don't use them much, apparently, and i can't see buying new shoes that i would only use a few times! is this silly? oh well -- off to the pool!
chiamollie chiamollie 8 years
my cardio of choice is swimming... but there ARE times (on vacation, etc.) when being able to get up and go for a jog would be nice.problem is... running sneakers need to be replaced every year or so even if you don't use them much, apparently, and i can't see buying new shoes that i would only use a few times!is this silly? oh well -- off to the pool!
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
Running is not my favorite form of cardio, but its the easiest "go-to" exercise. It's not the most enjoyable, but there's not much to think about either. If I had it my way, I'd do kickboxing for my cardio all the time, but I don't belong to a gym anymore.
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