I’ve come to the conclusion that you cannot replace running.
Because my injury allows me to do pretty much anything but run (how generous of you, injury) I’ve been trying all sorts of workouts, searching for the one that makes me feel the way running does, and NADA. Not a thing. Elliptical, cycling, arc trainer, walking, yoga, cardio and strength classes all pale in comparison to a solid run.
(I swear I don’t have anything against the elliptical machine – if it works for you, that’s great! Fitness, yay! I just don’t love the time I spend with it).
Lately I’ve been on a mission to create my own challenging workouts to give me that feeling of accomplishment and exhaustion. I have fun with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). It makes the time go quickly, and you can still have a full body, intense workout.
Here’s what I completed yesterday, in sets with 30 seconds effort, 10 seconds rest. Complete 3 rounds of the set before moving to the next set.
The 10 second rest period really just gives you enough time to get ready for the next exercise. I went thought the whole thing once and definitely felt challenged.
But running is still my one true sweat-filled love.
And oh my, I forgot to say Happy Valentine’s Day! (I swear I hadn’t planned to do an ‘I love running’ post today.)
Whether you love this holiday or refer to it as “Singles Awareness Day” and would rather hide inside or go out with your friends and drink copious amounts of wine, beer, or margaritas (or all of the above) just remember those family members and friends you love. And you should absolutely buy yourself a present. I firmly believe that it’s acceptable to buy yourself something for every holiday. (Ain’t nothin’ wrong with pampering yourself!)
With that being said; I love you, dear readers! I look forward to blogging every morning and love “meeting” those of you who visit and comment, so THANK YOU – reading what you have to say totally makes my day. You are wonderful!
What are your plans today? Do you love Valentine’s Day or think it’s a holiday the greeting card companies made up? Are you treating yourself to a sweat-sesh (DO IT!) or buying yourself something pretty?