Question about doing Cardio in a creative way (at least, I hope this could work).

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    Jan 17, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    So, I'm always trying to up the intensity in my exercises, and I'm thinking about starting Cardio. So, I want to do Cardio, but I wanna jog in boots. My question is, is this even safe to begin with? I'm all for upping intensity levels, but, I don't want to do it at the risk that I could severely injure my knee bones, or any bones having to do with the knees, possibly breaking them even.

    And, if you don't suggest doing this, then how would you suggest getting more out of doing Cardio? I'm all about safety, so something that is safe, yet intense.

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    Jan 17, 2012 7:38 AM GMT
    Exactly what kind of boots are you talking about? steel-toed work boots? cowboy boots? Uggs?

    not sure how a boot-run would intensity the workout. I mean, military guys run through drills in their military boots all the time, so it's feasible. Just not sure what it would do to help your workout.
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    Jan 17, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    Also, think of the wear and tear on your feet. If you aren't going to use a runner or cross-trainer that has reasonable contour support for your feet, you are going to need orthotics or some other support insert in the boots. You might also run into problems with abrasions if the fit isn't just so.

    If you want to increase your load (and therefore the work done) in the course of your cardio, consider a back pack, or perhaps weights.

  • Jan 17, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    I don't think that's very safe for your body. Your body as in your feet. From what I see, most people change the way they walk with boots to adjust to the way the boot is shaped and weighted. I don't think running in boots, unless you're thinking about joining the army is the best way to be creative. Like previously stated, running with weights might suffice for being creative. But you could also try varying the actual pace you run. Instead of doing a steady pace, you can try a slower than normal pace, then try to push your pace for half a mile.
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    Jan 17, 2012 7:50 AM GMT
    Or try more challenging terrain... something with a steeper grade, even if occasional on the route.
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    Hmmmmmm....maybe I'll just try to go at a normal pace for now, but when I get more deeper into my routine I'll crank it up. I don't have a backpack, so, I guess regular running should do for now, but eventually I do want to get crazy with it.

    Any other suggestions?
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    Have you thought about trail running? Trails are more intense than road (or treadmill) running.
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    There is a type of boot called a "defender" or a tactical boot... cops wear them and they are designed for running.

    I would NOT run on pavement, and I would consider running intervals instead of distance, but you could try these. I bought a pair for strongman because I needed extra height for loading stones, but they are super comfortable and have some extra support. Like I said, they are made for running.


    http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Footwear/8-Boots/ATAC-8-Side-Zip-Boot.html

    IF you plan on training in them, remember that the quality is determined by the price in these... expensive boots will be easier to run in and better for your feet. Shop carefully and you can run in tactical boots.
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    I'm thinking I'm gonna buy contour support like that one man said. I'll buy some support, insert it in my shoe, and run like the wind. But keep up with the suggestions though...
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    I'm not really sure what your reasoning is. Is it a fetish? Do you want your feet to have that lived in look? Do you think it will be more of a workout because they are heavier? If weight is the factor, you can always strap on leg weights and save your feet. Yeah military guys run in boots all the time but they're feet pay the price.
    I'm confused ??
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    Jan 18, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    There are much more creative ways of doing cardio that won't earn you a stress fracture. Circuit training, intervals, group classes, plyometrics and other things.
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    Jan 18, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    As other guys have posted, I`d not reccommend running in boots. Running puts considerable stress on the legs, feet, joints, etc. even when done steadily and in the right gear. This applies even more to beginners like yourself. You have to think long term on these matters.
    Have you tried 'ruck-marching', brisk walking with a weighted rucksack or heavy vest? It`s an excellent cardio workout, and easier on the legs and feet than running. It also gives you an upper body/resistance session as well. To raise the rigour, you could go off-road, on uneven or hilly terrain.
    Swimming is possibly the best cardio workout as it`s so gentle on limbs and joints; yet distance,or fast swimming, is about as intense as cardio exercise gets! And on top it`s a resistance workout!
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    Jan 18, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    ankle weights sir. same effect easier on your feet. still get the support of your sneaker along with the weight of the ankle weights (YOU'RE WELCOME)
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    Jan 30, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    Not sure if you want to restrict your cardio to running, but if you're looking for some other lesser known alternatives, try mountain climbers and bear crawls. Those will get your heart rate up. Plyometrics are good to, but make sure you do them properly and stretch before and after. If you really want to have some fun, incorporate them into your weight training (active recovery).
  • Shyjake

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    Feb 13, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    Instead of boots you should invest in a pair of trial trainers. This way you could do high intensity trail runs without hurting yourself.
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    You guys don't even know when you're being played. icon_lol.gif