Crosstrain: Kettlebell, Yoga, Even Housecleaning

ImageRainy, chilly day outside today isn’t it? Don’t know about you but I’m JUST getting used to the idea of running when it’s cold outside. 🙂 My mind is going to need a bit more re-conditioning to get used to the idea of running outside in the rain. But I’m working on it. I think I’ll have a much better chance of actually doing it if the rain is warm. 🙂

Until then, I don’t want to relax my mind into thinking that rain means couch time. Actually that doesn’t too bad for one day. But this is the spring season now. Rain is what we’re gonna get; and there’s no guarantee that it would only last for just one day. So it’s a good idea to have a workable indoor substitute.

Now I’ve already mentioned a couple of my favorites – the ones I do on my recovery from running days: yoga and my kettlebell.

Never tried the kettlebell? It’s actually a good workout. Mine is an 18-pounder that I ordered from Kaizen Athletics online: http://www.budovideos.com/shop/customer/home.php?cat=681. There are different sizes: 12, 18, and 26-pounds. It came with an instruction DVD that shows a video of the instructor telling you exactly how to use the kettlebell for maximum benefits without hurting yourself. Very important to watch the video. The instructors recommend that you start with the lowest weight and then work your way up. Kaizen also offers contour kettlebells. Check them out! I like kettlebell training because the throws work your entire body. Remember Rocky IV when he opted to train in Russia to fight the Russian? He was out there in the wilderness training the old-fashioned way: lifting wood, chin-ups, push-ups, etc. while the Russian was training on technical equipment. They both got effective workouts, different methods. Kettlebell training reminds me of that.

But if that’s too much for you, you still don’t have to ride the couch on rainy days eating back all the pounds you tried to take off on sunny days.

FLOOR EXERCISES: Now I’m the first to tell you I absolutely HATE sit-ups and I couldn’t do a push-up even if there was a gun aimed at my head. But if they work for you, then by all means get off the couch and do some. Not just five or six – make sure you feel it! Feel the work-out, NOT pain. Depending on your fitness level: at least 10 to 15 sit-ups, more if you can do more; and at least five knee or standard push-ups if you can. Also, lie on your side and do a few LEGLIFTS; then lie on your back with your hands folded up under your head; lift one straight leg in the air, put it back down. Lift the other, put it back down. Keep going: 15 to 20 reps each leg. As your core gets stronger, lift both legs, put them back down.

ImageYOGA: Don’t let the calm, peaceful nature of yoga full ya. If you can stick it out, those poses will work every muscle you’ve got. And it’s body-weight training, meaning that all you need is your body and a yoga mat. You’ve heard me talk before about Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown. It’s only 30 minutes but even level one will get your heart rate up and get your sweating. You can find the DVD in any Walmart. Or log onto her site at: www.jillianmichaels.com.

HOUSEWORK: It’s spring-cleaning time! Move some furniture, clean out crowded closets, cluttered rooms, vaccum, mop, wax floors – anything that requires some extra muscle and keeps you moving. That’s the whole idea: KEEP MOVING. Get your favorite sounds pumping in your headphones just like you would walking or running around the track and just keep moving!

Is that enough to get you going?

Enjoy your rainy days!

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