Preferred form of Cardio?

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It is becoming apparent that running is done for me. I've tended to avoid most forms of exercise that are strictly for cardio outside of running. What are the preferred forms of cardio that you guys prefer?
 
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Now it's just cycling around town
Though I prefer hiking, staying away from it while recovering from an illness.

Why can't you run?
 
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It is becoming apparent that running is done for me. I've tended to avoid most forms of exercise that are strictly for cardio outside of running. What are the preferred forms of cardio that you guys prefer?
At my age and with 3 knee surgeries just on my right knee, running is now a thing of the past. I got into cycling for a while and it is great cardio if done with some intent and it's really not hard on the knees.

However, right now is our summer months and the days start in the low 80's with high humidity for temperatures that feel like 90 by 8 a.m. and it only gets hotter as the day goes on.

I just checked the weather on my home page and our "Feels Like" temperature is 100 degrees F with 62% humidity.
 
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Biking by far. My knees wouldn't do well long term with running. Then I broke my tubular plateau in January skiing, surgery went well but doc said my only real limitation would be running distance which I'm ok with.

I actually started running a bit last year till I got the covid. Finally got to the point where I was running and not jogging.

Cross country skiing is great too. Cool thing about it is I suck, so I really have to focus on form so I don't realize how much I'm working till I stop.

Kayaking us great exercise too.
 
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I prefer conditioning to cardio .Rosstraining book full throttle conditioning best book I ever bought .
 
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At my age and with 3 knee surgeries just on my right knee, running is now a thing of the past. I got into cycling for a while and it is great cardio if done with some intent and it's really not hard on the knees.

However, right now is our summer months and the days start in the low 80's with high humidity for temperatures that feel like 90 by 8 a.m. and it only gets hotter as the day goes on.

I just checked the weather on my home page and our "Feels Like" temperature is 100 degrees F with 62% humidity.
Ever try exercise bikes?
 

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If you are a good swimmer and have access to a pool it's great. Low impact . Full body and a fairly fun activity.


Of course heavybag work is good but your legs are only somewhat involved.
 
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BJJ, and by a mile as well. It’s fucking knackering but I’m concentrating so much on not getting strangled that you forget you’re having a workout.

I’ve got one of those Rogue Echo bikes which is fucking devastating to use but it’s not enjoyable. I suppose kettlebells are alright. Anything other than actually running tbh.
 

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BJJ, and by a mile as well. It’s fucking knackering but I’m concentrating so much on not getting strangled that you forget you’re having a workout.

I’ve got one of those Rogue Echo bikes which is fucking devastating to use but it’s not enjoyable. I suppose kettlebells are alright. Anything other than actually running tbh.
I been doing it again for the past 40 days now....half the work outs are Gi half no Gi.

I'll be honest I've had to tap a few times due to literally feeling like I was going to die.

I'm out of shape...but beyond that it's extremely hot and combined with a Gi and the nature of the activity it's intense.
 
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Ever try exercise bikes?
No, never have outside post-op physical therapy for knee injuries. I have the space for one in my man cave but am reluctant to put out that kind of coin for a decent one----and that Pelaton crap is out of the question.

I'm sure I could probably pick one up off Craig's List fairly cheap with all the people who's New Year's Resolutions now being out the window and their exercise bike acting as a clothes hanger or collecting dust in a corner somewhere.

I just like seeing things as I ride and my favorite route is atop the Mississippi River Levee's blacktop bike path that runs 50 miles out and back if doing the whole thing, which I have many times.
 
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I been doing it again for the past 40 days now....half the work outs are Gi half no Gi.

I'll be honest I've had to tap a few times due to literally feeling like I was going to die.

I'm out of shape...but beyond that it's extremely hot and combined with a Gi and the nature of the activity it's intense.
BJJ was the best full body cardio I've ever done. That's for sure. That or wrestling class, but BJJ was an infinitely higher level class. The gi fucking kills me.
 

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BJJ was the best full body cardio I've ever done. That's for sure. That or wrestling class, but BJJ was an infinitely higher level class. The gi fucking kills me.
I'm not really a big fan of the Gi shit..rather do no Gi but it's 70 a month for 4 classes a week and half are Gi so whatever.
 
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Johnstown

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No, never have outside post-op physical therapy for knee injuries. I have the space for one in my man cave but am reluctant to put out that kind of coin for a decent one----and that Pelaton crap is out of the question.

I'm sure I could probably pick one up off Craig's List fairly cheap with all the people who's New Year's Resolutions now being out the window and their exercise bike acting as a clothes hanger or collecting dust in a corner somewhere.

I just like seeing things as I ride and my favorite route is atop the Mississippi River Levee's blacktop bike path that runs 50 miles out and back if doing the whole thing, which I have many times.
Place to look for things now is Facebook marketplace.

Not sure about right now but I know over the last few months there's been a lot of stuff on there exercise related because people are getting rid of the things they bought when covid started and the gyms got shut down.
 
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Running. Don't get out as much as I should/want. But with running, it's just that. Put on a t-shirt, shorts and a pair of runners and off you go.

Going cycling, with all that gear you need and the fact it takes up far more time.

Swimming is a chore as well. Way too much time needed for that.
 
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Boxing, pad work, bag work would of thought this was obvious being a boxing site. If you’ve got bad knees or hips swimming is the best one.