the world is my track

So cooler temperatures are on the horizon.  If you are among many who enjoy outdoor activities, but live in a climate where winter is looming, what do you do? Sure moving is one option.  But if that’s not part of your agenda, read on.

I know there are those who simply can’t run anywhere but outside.  Maybe an outdoor court holds memories of neighborhood friends gathering for impromptu hoops.  Playing inside just doesn’t hold the same mystique.  The idea of kicking a soccer ball across anything but grass is sacrilege.  Softball and baseball enthusiasts–I can already see the mist welling up in your eyes.  Seeing your children return to school leaves you a little dismayed; well maybe that’s a stretch.

If you are among those whose sporting dreams fade and fall with the dried leaves, what do you do?  What’s your off-season plan?  Do you have one?

Nothing replaces what you know and love, and replicates it in circumstances you desire, without the idea of “it’s not the same.”  Acknowledging this fact helps.  Running on a treadmill doesn’t come close to a sunlit trail strewn with heavy shade.  However, losing what you’ve worked hard to accomplish shouldn’t be an option.

What do I do?  I get bored easily.  Therefore, I mix it up with a variety of combination workouts.  Perhaps the INSANITY warm-up coupled with BALLET BEAUTIFUL legs and arms.  Or TAE BO FLEX coupled with yoga stretches afterward.   Who said you have to stick to one workout in its entirety?

Was I always this adaptable?  I could say yes, but too many who know me read my posts.

Though running on a treadmill never bothered me, I understand how strictly outdoor runners feel.  I can also empathize with those in situations I mentioned earlier.  The trick is to find something which simulates what you enjoy.  Also, consider the repetitive stress you place on muscles used for your sport Change in seasons might signal a break–one where you develop muscles which support your habit. 

If you play softball, what will enable you to keep your arm strength and rotation?  What can help you develop muscles supporting your shoulders and back, as well as your torso?  If soccer is your passion, what will help you maintain your running endurance, as well as your kick?  You also need a strong core and back.  These are just a few considerations to keep in mind.

Maybe you have an off-season plan; but maybe not.  The parts of your body used primarily for your sport are not subsets; they are integral to the whole.  Allow cooler temperatures to herald a time to integrate the whole, and stop focusing on a part.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

Need strategies to keep you going through your off-season?  Contact me at serrenity.c@gmail.com

yoga female on top

We are all searching-perhaps desperately–for the next big thing; especially when it comes to battling the bulge.

From personal experience, I can relay what has worked for me.  However, I’m also interested in what has worked for my readers.

What has worked for me?  Primarily, changing my mind about what being fit really means; but more on that under a different entry.

Changing my exercise routine throughout the week

I’ve always enjoyed running.  After the birth of my son, I was looking for a way to lose the “baby weight,” and then some.  My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas that year.  He was certain I would ask for jewelry, or a memento commemorating our son’s birth.  I did just that–the memento I wanted was a treadmill.

Running became my obsession.  It was the only exercise I took seriously.  Working a busy day shift in PACU (recovery room day surgery), I would get up and run 4-6 miles prior to heading to work.  However, I quickly found unless I was upping my mileage weekly, the weight loss slowed.  Eventually it stopped.  I started to GAIN weight, even though I was running consistently.  I became discouraged.  I soon realized a change in attitude, as well as routine was required.

For me, change came in the form of DVDs.   It also came in the form of beginning hot yoga classes.

So what do I do now?  I incorporate yoga, running, and my favorite DVD into my week.  Running may mean the treadmill or trail.  I realize to running purists the treadmill is anathema.  However, the treadmill is what started me on the road to relieving stress, initiating weight loss, and quieting my nerves after a hectic day.  Running–treadmill or trail–remains to this day, my preferred method of exercise.

DVDs can be a great way to change-up your routine.  I recommend to clients to select one form of a home workout; one that can be performed in under an hour.  This means excuses become void about having time for the gym.  My preference for my clients (after a thorough assessment and MD visit) is to select a DVD one to two levels above their current fitness level.  It may mean taking breaks during the routine; and I encourage them to do so.  Then, get right back at it.  Eventually, you will find you are working into it, instead of growing out of it.  Yet you should expect to grow out of it–if you are faithful to that part of your exercise routine.

Yoga appears to be the new darling of the fitness world.  However, HOT yoga definitely kicks things up a notch.  Room temperature can vary anywhere between 98-105F.  In a crowded room, expect it to be even hotter.  Hydration before, during, and after is key to this workout.  Know this is not for everyone.  Those with heat intolerance, the elderly, certain cardiac issues, or those with problems staying hydrated because of medications, may find this is not for them.  As with any workout, this is a discussion to have with your MD first.

What has not worked for me? What wouldn’t I recommend?  Check out my next entry under FITNESS.  In the meantime, WHAT HAS WORKED FOR YOU?  Let me know.

Questions? Comments?  Contact me at serrenity.c@gmail.com