Quit Running! Do These 3 Safer, Joint-Friendly Exercises Instead
Running seems like the perfect exercise—but as the trainer points out, it's actually "high impact" and most people are never taught proper form. If running is your main fitness routine, it may be time for a change.
The good news? You can "quit running and instead do these three exercises" for a safer, joint-protecting workout.
Exercise #1: Reverse Lunges
The trainer explains reverse lunges mimic running by "stretching your hip flexors and strengthening the leg." But they're "much safer and...low impact."
Here's how to do them: Stand tall, feet under hips. Step one leg back, foot straight like "a pair of skis." Don't let your knee cave in. Drop your back knee, hinging from the front hip and knee. Drive from your front heel to stand back up. Start slow, then pick up speed once you perfect form.
Exercise #2: Low Chair Plank Marches
Put your hands on a knee-height chair and get into a straight plank position. Don't let your hips sag or stick out. Squeeze your glutes. From here, march your feet in and out, lifting one knee then the other. Go slow until you find balance. Lift toes to knee to engage your shins. Increase speed over time.
Exercise #3: Step Jacks
Start with feet together, then step out to shoulder width as you raise arms overhead. Step feet back together as arms lower. Inhale open, exhale close. Build coordination slowly, then increase pace. This strengthens hips, knees, and core through lateral motion.
Do each exercise for 1 minute, 3 rounds total with rest between. This routine gives you "a fantastic workout" in 10-12 minutes while protecting joints. Give it a try and reduce your injury risk!