While I am usually all about running, I know there are distinct benefits of cross training. But sometimes, we fall into exercise ruts when we do the same things over and over, use the same muscles in the same way all the time and start hitting plateaus in our weight loss or strength development. One reason I think we don’t do a lot of cross training is that we don’t have lots of different types of fancy equipment. Lots of runners don’t have a gym pass so we basically just run all the time. But there are lots of workouts we can do at home, and without any equipment other than our own bodies.
This post is about why cross training is so important and why I am so excited by the idea of Cross Fit, even if I’ve never actually done the CF workouts.
So today, I’ve been cooped up in the house, watching morning TV and waiting for the rain to subside at least a little bit so I could head out for the morning run. But the rain seems like it’s here to stay so what does a wanna-be-fit girl do when she can’t get out for her morning run? These days she turns to Pinterest for workout ideas.
I found this morning workout and I decided to give it a try.
It looks simple enough. Right? I mean, I’ve been doing jumping jacks since I was a kid. So I started doing jumping jacks and at about number 57, my head started to hurt. I yanked out my ponytail to make sure my hair wasn’t too tight, took my glasses off (because that’s a source of compression?) and I kept jumping and let me tell you, it was a struggle to get to 80. I don’t know why my head hurt. I do cardio everyday but I guess running and jumping are not the same.
Because of a recurring wrist injury, I do modified pushups and squeezing out 20 was a challenge. By the time I got to 50 squats, the sweat was pouring out of me like a geyser. I lost count somewhere in the 30s and had to estimate when I got to 50 by how exhausted I felt.
At the end of the workout, the 60 seconds wall sit started feeling like a welcome rest but it was anything but. By that time, my muscles were crying out and while I squatted against the wall trying to focus on my breathing and counting 60 seconds, it was all I could do to remain upright.
It took much less time for this workout than the time I spend running everyday but the moves called for different muscle movements and it was a definite challenge early in the morning. But I love a good challenge so you bet I’ll be doing this again soon. I’ll make it a Cross Fit styled timed-workout and see how fast I can finish the moves.
I love a good challenge. I love getting better. And these challenges aren’t limited to physical workouts. I believe everyday we should be trying to be better than we were yesterday. Competition inspires us to try harder but we don’t have to be in competition with anyone to get better. The best competition is the one we enter against our former selves so we’re always growing, always improving, always reaching for the next level.
#RunWright in every aspect of your life!
Do you ever try those workouts you find online? Any interesting stories to share?