Cross training isn’t only for competitive runners. Both beginner and seasoned runners can benefit from switching up their routine and adding a new activity into the mix.
But how do you know which cross training activities are right for you? The answer depends on what you want to gain from your cross training.
Whether you want to strengthen your muscles, improve your speed, or simply keep boredom at bay, the following cross training workouts are ideal for any runner:
Whether you want to strengthen your muscles, improve your speed, or simply keep boredom at bay, the following cross tra..
You have more choices than going to the gym in order to get a good workout. Although running is a top choice for many, when injury or weather prevent you from running there are several other surprisingly good alternative workouts you can do to stay active and receive great health benefits. These workouts will keep your weight under control, keep your bones and joints strong, give you focus, stave off memory loss and improve your balance. So the next time you get ready to move, consider switching up your routine with one of these surprisingly good workouts.
Tai Chi, which is t..
Did you know that working out in the morning may help you to lose weight faster? Or that an after-work run can help decrease stress? Scientists have found benefits to exercising at different times of day. Which one works best for you?
Morning routines may be easier to maintain, because they will not conflict with other responsibilities like a late night at work or meeting up with friends. Morning exercise also doesn’t conflict with your sleep schedule; some studies show that exercising after 8 pm can disrupt sleep. On the other hand, exercising at 7 am may help you sleep more sou..
Getting into a fitness rut can lead to boredom and demotivation. We’ve all had periods where we struggle to stay motivated in our workouts. The routines you enjoyed doing in the beginning can become stale and lose their excitement, which can make you want to give up exercising altogether. But don’t forget -- one of the most important aspects of fitness is that it should be fun! Make the effort to try something new and mix up your workout to bring the joy back. Here are a few signs that its time to change your workout routine along some suggestions on how to mix it up.
Prevent Exercise Bo..
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, because your cloths are a bit tighter than you’d like or simply because you want to feel better and be healthier, we’ve all declared that we’re going to get in shape at one point or another.
Then comes the hard part of actually following through. Starting your healthy lifestyle journey isn’t always easy, but these seven steps can help you establish a sustainable routine to achieve you fitness goals.
Be Honest With Yourself
Some people are committed to getting up early and working out in the morning, others prefer to work out after work..
There has always been furious debate over whether you should eat before or after a workout. Some people skip eating beforehand, thinking that it will force the body to burn fat. The truth, however, is that you should eat before and after your workout to keep your body strong and healthy.
Pre-workout meals, eaten three to four hours before the exercise begins, should be high in carbohydrates and protein but low in fat and fiber, which can cause cramping if eaten too soon before exercising. Post-workout, you should eat 45 minutes to two hours after exercising and focus on foods that are highe..
Some people naturally love running, others suffer through it, and some people flat out hate it. For that last category, everyone who says “if you do it enough you’ll start to like it” is a liar. When you hate running, no amount of suffering through it makes it an enjoyable experience.
If that’s you, don’t despair, you’re not alone. Instead of giving up on cardio (not a good idea) start exploring alternative cardio exercises until you find one that you actually like.