In following along with the other Salty bloggers’ training logs these last three months, I’ve noticed that my training logs are, well … boring! I Pepper got busy on the Cyclocross circuit. Cilantro pounded out many an elliptical workout. Clove is always spinning (how DOES she run and then do back-to-back spinning classes, I’ll never know!) Vanilla and Licorice are hitting the pool and the bike. Salty baked a baby. All I ever do is run (and write books, occasionally break an arm or try on glittery push-up sports bras).
I find myself jealous of these avid cross-trainers and want to add a vartiety to my training. After all, variety is the spice of life (har!) Today I’m asking for your input: will cross-training jazz up my training and improve my running? And if so, which of these activities do you think I should try?
1.) Zumba. So, I used to be a dancer. I danced until I was 18. Then, I stopped…completely. I feel like my flexibility has since decreased, but there’s still something so liberating about shaking my body to the rhythm of tunes and just letting loose. I know, I’m a dork. I’ve heard great things about Zumba and some swear it burns 80398598394 calories per hour, but I’ve been a bit shy about signing up for my first class. In 2013, I will. Who knows, maybe I’ll get hooked. Any experience with Zumba? Should this be the winner to land a spot in Ginkgo’s 2013 weekly routine?
2.) Spinning. I’ve dabbled in spinning, especially in the winter months, but I’ve never stuck with it long enough to really notice any physical benefits. If I end up getting another gym membership for the snowy months, I’ll likely give this a shot with my fiancee at the 5:30 a.m. time slots. If this becomes the winner, perhaps really branch out and try a duathlon? (Licorice, I might need some pointers here!)
3.) Pure Barre. It seems like all the craze. Invented by a dancer and fitness guru, this work-out embraces one’s inner ballerina. All you need is a ballet barre to make isometric movements! It’s said to lift your seat, tone your thighs and burn fat. I mean I wouldn’t mind a more Kardashian(ish) boo-tay! Sure, it’s no pole-dancing workout, but I’m still a little nervous about trying this one out. If you’ve tried it, please let me know if it’s worthy of making the list!
4.) Yoga. Again, I’ve dabbled in yoga and used to practice 2x per week when it was offered during lunchtime at my old office, but I’ve since used every excuse in the book to make it nothing more than sporadic. It’s not “exercising” and it’s “boring”…blah…blah…blah. I feel like I’m the only runner in the universe these days who doesn’t dig yoga. Is there something I’m missing?
What say you? To enhance my running in 2013 should I add cross-training activities and if so, which ones?