I'm a fan of the treadmill, but I have many otherwise-fitness-loving friends who'd rather do almost anything else than a 30-minute gym run. If you're the same, here are other ways to reap the same calorie-burning benefits without a seemingly boring run.
There's a lot to love about jumping for fitness. Jumping rope requires little room and just a small investment, but it's got a big calorie-burning payoff: Just 10 minutes of jumping rope (at a quick pace) can burn 132 calories. And it's travel-friendly, so you can fit in a sweat session even if there's no treadmill in sight.
There's a reason why there was never a treadmill craze as big as the Zumba trend that swept the world. Going to a dance class can make fitness fun—so fun that you look forward to your workout instead of dreading it. And since some classes, like Zumba, are easy for beginners to enjoy and can burn about 500 calories in just one session, they be an optimal choice for those who hate to run.