Maybe because I’m not specifically training for a running race. Or maybe its because it’s summer but I have been talking myself out of running lately.
I should be training for GAC more but oh well. That does not mean I’ve been totally slacking at (my fitness) life thought. Cross training is a savior when you want to shake up your routine. Whether you are in a running slump (like me) or just want to incorporate different activities in your life.
Here are some cross training actives I love:
I love being outdoors and I love a good challenge so hiking is right up my alley. Oh, and SL proposed while on a hike so hiking holds a very special place in my heart.
Another great option to keep in shape while in a running slump. Your legs get a killer workout without the joint impact that comes with running. This isn’t a great “biking” picture but it’s the only one I could find. Note to self: Take more pix while biking (despite the whole helmet thing.)
I am practically a mermaid so swimming is usually my go to. Banging out laps is a great full body workout but if you can’t swim (like SL) then don’t jump in on my account, just pick another way to cross train.
Ahhh…I loved yoga days when I was training for the Twin Lobster Half Marathon. Yoga not only helps with flexibility but gives your mind a mental break. And who doesn’t need a relaxing mental break here and there?
This sometimes feels like a cop out to me. Like I should be running but I’m being a puss and hopping on the elliptical instead. BUT IT’S NOT! I always manage to work up a good sweat on this machine and tend to stay on longer than I realize.
Hello?! It’s basically running just slower and less sweaty. I walk to and from my office every days (totaling about 15 miles a week) so I don’t feel like a total loser if I don’t go for a run that day. I have a desk job so getting enough steps a day is tough but hoofing it about a mile and half each way to the office helps.
Strange as it is, this post is giving me some run motivation…
Happy Tuesday to all!