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Some people really love to run. In fact, they might even get up early to hit the treadmill or pound the pavement. But let’s face it: if you’re like most people, you probably think this is insane.

Running isn’t for everyone and that’s okay. Even though cardio is important, there are some things about running that can actually be bad for your health. Shin splints are a common problem among dedicated runners, as are knee and joint problems. Because running causes significant impact to the joints and legs, it’s no surprise that it can cause long-term health issues like these.

That being said, cardio is incredibly important. As the name implies, it can make an enormous difference in your heart health. But that isn’t the only part of your body it affects. Cardio is also an important part of keeping your lungs and blood vessels healthy and functioning well.

But if you hate running, don’t worry. There are plenty of exercises you can do to improve your cardio health without going for a jog. Many of these actually burn more calories than running, and they are a lot more fun, too. Here are the best 30 cardio exercises — no running required.