Happy Tuesday! As runners we can get so caught up in all our runs that we tend to neglect other forms of fitness. Luckily for me I really enjoy lots of cross training activities. Can I let you in on a secret? Sometimes I’d much rather take a spin class or lift weights than go for a run. I think this is because when I first got into fitness, running was the last activity that I picked up. Before that I was all about Zumba, spinning, boxing and strength training.
This week’s Tuesday Topic: What is your favorite cross training activity? You can write about this topic, or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
Here are just a few of my favorite cross training activities:
If you’ve been following my blog for a while this should not be a surprise. I absolutely love spinning. I feel like it’s a workout that anyone can do because you can really customize it to your fitness level based on the resistance knobs. If you have knee issues it’s great because it’s more low impact than running. It’s an amazing cardio workout that will leave you super sweaty as well. Oh, and let’s talk about the music! You can literally spin to any type of music which makes me happy since I’m a huge music lover.
As runners, we need strength training. Let me repeat that – as runners, we need strength training. Not only will it make you a stronger runner, but it may also help ward off injuries. Also there’s just something about lifting weights that makes me feel like I badass, especially when I can lift heavier weights than normal. I also like feeling stronger too!
New to strength training? Check out ‘What are reps and sets? A Beginners Guide to Strength Training‘
This is one activity that I hope to get back into this summer. My gym used to offer a class that I would take on Saturdays and it was great! I found that it really helped me work on my balance, endurance and reflexes. I still have my boxing gloves and my gym still has heavy bags so I am planning on starting back up again soon.
Also, this is an old article from Runner’s World (2014), but it does list a lot of great cross training activities if you’re just looking to get started – pick one!
Tell me: What is your favorite cross training activity?
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