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Is Running in Place a Good Cardio Exercise?

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author image Frederick S. Blackmon
Frederick S. Blackmon's love for fiction and theater eventually led to a career writing screenplays for the film and television industry. While living in Florida, Blackmon began exploring issues on global warming, health and environmental science. He spent two years as a Parkour and free-running instructor as well. Now he writes everything from how-to blogs to horror films.
Is Running in Place a Good Cardio Exercise?
Is Running in Place a Good Cardio Exercise? Photo Credit: Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Running in place might seem simple enough, but this form of exercise generates a great deal of cardiovascular activity. This energy output can be used to boost heart health and help you lose weight. You can run in place nearly anywhere, but you can also use a treadmill or an interactive video game to reach your fitness goals.

Heart Rate

Your body has a definite cardiovascular response to running in place.
Your body has a definite cardiovascular response to running in place. Photo Credit: Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

Your body has a definite cardiovascular response to running in place. This simple exercise increases your heart rate up to 180 beats per minute, which stimulates blood flow and healthy lung function. The average person weighing 150 pounds can burn approximately 286 calories in just half an hour.

Steady Intensity

Running in place is a good way to reach a steady state of cardiovascular exercise. When your workout reaches a certain level of intensity, your heart rate increases to meet the body's demand for oxygen in the blood. Running in place keeps the cardiovascular system working long enough to steadily burn away unwanted fat.

Running on a Treadmill

Running on a treadmill is one of the easiest ways to run in place.
Running on a treadmill is one of the easiest ways to run in place. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Running on a treadmill is one of the easiest ways to run in place. You can do some treadmill running at your local gym or at home. You're able to get a cardiovascular workout, easily track your progress and scale your workout to fit your own fitness levels.

Running with Video Games

Games like WiiFit and Dance Dance Revolution encourage you to exercise and burn calories in a fun, interactive setting.
Games like WiiFit and Dance Dance Revolution encourage you to exercise and burn calories in a fun, interactive setting. Photo Credit: Sean Prior/Hemera/Getty Images

One way schools and parents are getting their kids to run in place for fitness benefits is by incorporating video games into their routines and curriculum. Games like WiiFit and Dance Dance Revolution encourage you to exercise and burn calories in a fun, interactive setting.

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