As most people know by now, after the April Fools half marathon, I experienced a serious running burnout. In fact, I wrote about it here. It wasn’t the race itself, but more of running hard for 6 months and not achieving a goal.
My personal friend Steve asked to write about other things to do outside of running! To be honest, I’m still not running, but I am enjoying doing other things. Don’t get me wrong, running is a great workout, but it’s not the only one. It’s important to take the time to look at other things to do.
Right now, I have no goal races I’m trying to maintain fitness for. Thinking out loud, I have no need to hit up the gym daily. Do I like working out? Yes. Do I need to workout for several hours daily? No. Do I care if I missed a workout? No…
Ideas for Cross Training to Maintain Fitness:
Here are a few things I like to do to preserve cardio fitness:
I might be one of the only people who doesn’t hate the elliptical. If you workout hard on the elliptical, then it will simulate running. If you leisurely pedal, you aren’t going to get the same benefits as having a higher heart rate. There are a lot of programs that you can adjust based on ability and how hard you want to workout. My heart rate is never as high as running, but I can say it has gotten pretty high during the elliptical.
Alter G Treadmill:
Finding an Alter G treadmill can be hard. If you’re in Southern Jersey/Philadephia area and want to use one, let me know, and we have one at RunningCo.
Admittedly, I haven’t used it right now. That’s only because I don’t want to run. The AlterG is running without the pressure of body weight. It takes body weight off so you can simulate running without putting the extra pressure and weight on your body. The chamber fills with air, so you are essentially free floating around. Here is a more in-depth post about the AlterG when I was using it!
Before picking up running in 2010, I was a competitive swimmer. I swam through college. While I no longer swim regularly (and have no interest in Tris), I will frequent the pool. Swimming takes all of the pressure off your body will still allowing for a great cardio and strength workout. It’s one of the best workouts you can do.
Strength Work and Core:
To be honest, right now this is what I’ enjoying the most. I’m going to several body pump and core classes as well as lifting weights myself. It may not “burn calories, but I am enjoying the constant state of feeling like jello and feeling stronger.
Questions for you:
What are your favorite nonrunning activities?
Do you like to cross train?