Exercise

It’s Raining and I Don’t Feel Like Going to the Gym


Monday’s workout.

Confession: Yesterday I let a lack of motivation get the best of me.

I was planning on going to the gym to run on the treadmill after work, but at some point during my train ride home I decided that I just wasn’t going to go.

It was pouring rain and windy outside; all I kept thinking was, “Once I get home, there’s no way I’m going back out again.” The more I thought that, the more I was able to convince myself that skipping the gym was a good idea.

Basically, my excuse was as simple as, “It’s raining out and I don’t feel like going to the gym.”

But you know what? I don’t feel guilty and I stand by my decision.

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Cross Training Workouts For Runners

Hello Hungry Readers! I’m excited to share that today’s post comes from fellow health and fitness blogger, Kaitlin Gardner. Kaitlin blogs at AnApplePerDay.com. She writes to further her passion for a family-friendly, green living lifestyle and she is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature and she is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life. Today on Hungry Runner she’s sharing some of her cross training tips for runner!

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-Cross Training Workouts For Runners-

You’ve been running for several years, and have decided to take it up a notch; maybe it’s time to train for a long-distance race? Yes, the eventual goal for most runners is to run a 10K, or a half or full marathon, but it won’t happen overnight, go slowly and train in stages. As you delve into the world of running more and more, you’ll start to hear a lot of talk about cross-training, and how it can help your running. So what is cross training, and how does it help?

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Exercising in the Morning: How to Get Your Butt Out of Bed

Since I’ve started commuting to work from Long Island, as part of my marathon training, three days a week I’ve been waking up to run at 5 a.m. Exercising in the morning: it isn’t always easy to get out of bed, but I never regret it when I do.

Everyone asks me, “How do you do it?” and sometimes I don’t really know the answer to that question. Sometimes it’s a simple as, I just do.

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Strength Training Workout for Runners

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Image courtesy of Shay Kostabi

As you may have noticed, I’ve been talking plenty about marathon training lately (are you tired of hearing about it yet?), but I haven’t had much of a chance to talk about some of the specifics, like my strength training workouts, which are just as essential as any other part of the program.

Remember, strength training is important, not only because it will make you a stronger, faster runner but it will help you to prevent injury, too.

Strength moves like lunges, mountain climbers and abductions offer an opportunity for you to move your joints and muscles through different planes of motion, which helps to counteract the repetitive motion of running.

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Don’t Get Dusty: Yoga with Tara Stiles at the Reebok Fit Hub in Union Square

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

Ever get stuck in a rut? We’ve all been there at one point or another; feeling stuck and you’re not sure what needs to change.

If you’re like me and you find comfort in routine, then it’s not really that hard to become stagnant; whether with running, your job or just life in general.

Why am I even talking about this? Well because when I visited the Reebok FitHub in Union Square for yoga with Tara Stiles last night, she opened up my mind to a pretty great point.

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You Really Need to Exercise Outside

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I can’t believe I’m only just realizing this now, but the workout that I did with Discover Outdoors on Tuesday and my interview with running coach Eric Orton helped open my eyes to the fact that one of the main reasons I love running, is because I get to do it outside!

If I had the choice between working out in the gym or going for a run, I’d choose running every time. And it’s not just because I enjoy running more than lifting weights or other forms of exercise, but more so because I’d rather spend time and exercise outside.

I guess I sort of knew this all along, but I only really started thinking about it recently.

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