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    Hello... My weekly routine is Mon-Wed-Fri (HIIT+strength)/ Tue-Thu (long run)... If I substitute running for boxing and choose "Boxing Drills" https://darebee.com/workouts/boxing-drills-workout.html with EC even adding an extra round or two, will it have the same benefits to my cardiovascular system as long as calorie+fat-burn ? I know I am asking for a lot, but every opinion (especially from you having experience) will be much appreciated...

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    Hmm. I would imagine that you might even burn more calories, depending on how hard you go and on how fast you usually run. But I guess you'd have to get one of those gadgets if you really want to find out. Still, I would expect that the effects on your cardiovascular system and your body as a whole would be different - the Boxing Drills are intervals, while running is (usually) done at a similar level of intensity throughout. The boxing will also train the upper body which running doesn't do as much. Personally, I believe there's a magic in running that nothing else can equal, but a lot of that is psychological and may not be the same for other people (the freedom of just going, the experience of being outside, the ability to not concentrate much but let your thoughts roam). Some of that belief may stem from the fact that it will be quite a time until it is sensible for me to run again and I miss it. So I'm not the most objective person.

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      #3
      MissSmilla I, too, am a running enthusiast... My jogging speed is ~11km/h for over an hour as of now... I can go even faster for the same time, but I am in rehabilitation phase from foot injury... I thought giving stationary bike a try, but I don't know how to do it for the long ride (I prefer doing HIIT on it...). Elliptical doesn't even come close to cardio IMHO (maybe I do it wrong).... So, boxing seems my go-to exercise... If you cannot enlighten me in biking (I suppose you are more than capable...) I will give the former a try... Thanks anyway...

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        #4
        As you like running,maybe to try sprints ,it has benefits.
        https://darebee.com/running/sprints-guide.html

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          #5
          Avatar I always incorporate sprints in my weekly routine, but I avoid them for now due to my injury...

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            #6
            Wow, 11 km/h is fast! If you're looking for a substitue because your injured foot can't handle the running, I think you'd be just fine with the boxing. I have no experiences with stationary bikes, but imagine it to be really boring to be on one for a long time at the same speed. If your foot can handle the boxing drills, I'd say go for it.

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              #7
              I don't know if you have read this article, ... maybe it would be useful for you

              https://darebee.com/running/substitu...r-running.html

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                #8
                If you're avg 'jogging' speed is 11kmh (6:50mph), there's no way the boxing routine you linked is going to replicate the cardiovascular effort.
                A couple things to try if you have access to a gym: Stairmaster (the one with actual steps and rails), Octane Runner Elliptical, and indoor rowing. Those will give you a similar continuous effort effect.
                If you don't have access to that equipment, biking and stairclimbing with weights work well. When I stair climb I do a step sequence on 4 steps to prevent having to descend and kill my cardio.
                HIIT routines work too but they are going to feel different as you're not getting that continuously challenging effect rather you're getting a hard/easy split.

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                  #9
                  Why not box while running...there are good video's out there on YouTube about how to shadowbox while doing your road work.

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