Hi Hungry Friends! I'm back this week with something I haven't shared in a long, long time: a new strength workout. Specifically, a upper body and core strength workout! Part of the reason I haven't shared a strength workout in a long time is because I haven't done strength workouts consistently since ... well honestly, I can't even remember when! And by that I mean, I haven't been working with weights in the gym because while we were in NYC I chose to save money by not having a gym membership and focusing mainly on running workouts and bodyweight strength workouts that I was able to do at home without any equipment. Lower-body strength training (e.g., lunges, squats, etc.) was definitely a big focus for me during half-marathon training through the first half of this year, but with that, I definitely neglected my upper body strength. But now, our new apartment complex has it's own gym and you can bet your butt I've already taken advantage of it and I'm super pumped to get back to a true total body workout routine and some classic strength training workouts like the one I'm about to share here.
For a health and fitness blogger living in New York City, I’m a very slow adopter of new workouts, so it’s only fitting that it’s taken me this long to finally try Orangetheory Fitness: a group personal training workout class that promises to keep your body burning calories for up to 36 hours after the workout — or as they call it, “the afterburn.”
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! Image via CC BY-SA 3.0 -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?
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.
Let's talk about running on the treadmill. It's not a very fun thing to do. You feel like a hamster, you have to stare at one thing (usually the time ticking away on the clock) for the entire time, and a pace that might feel somewhat moderate while outdoors sometimes feels like an enormous struggle. Up until last week I had the pleasure of going several months without having run on a treadmill. But when that polar vortex came along, it really threw my running routine off; To the point where I hadn't run in almost four days because it was just too damn cold outside.
[image via Know Your Meme] Monday marks my third week at The Active Times and my new weekly schedule of working the "nine to five." So far, I've loved every minute of working there. I've written lots about running, fitness, and even traveling and I can't wait to keep contributing more content. FYI: You can see all of my articles right here! Since my office no longer doubles as the place where I also work out (#benefitsofbeingapersonaltrainer), aside from acclimating to an entirely new work environment, I've also had to completely re-adjust my workout routine. I haven't had a job with a traditional 9-5 schedule in almost 2 years, and until now I've always had a workout space readily at my disposal and a super-flexible schedule. So in a lot of ways, this re-adjustment was like learning to ride a bike without training wheels again.
Happy Hump Day, Hungry Readers! In keeping the Workout Wednesday tradition, I have a very special gift for you all in the form of a new 25-minute upper body #QuickLift workout. (See image above.)