Running, CrossFit and Yoga, Oh My! Finding What Fitness Route Works For You!
By Live Well 360 Guest Blogger Kathrine Kreger
When starting your fitness venture, it’s important to know that not all exercise was created equal.
A lot of people tend to get discouraged when they start running, and find that it hurts their knees, or that they just dread the thought of running.
What they don’t realize is that not everyone is a runner, not everyone is a yogi, and not everyone is a gym rat, so trying out different exercises to find what you love is important, and will insure your success.
An Introduction to Running
A free and easily customized workout is an ideal approach for seasoned joggers and rookies because it can be customized to preference.
Whether you run a mile around your neighborhood or several miles on a track, you can easily find what method works for you.
While you may run a mile initially, you can gradually build up your stamina quickly, but starting with a mile as your goal is best and should be slightly increased each week.
Stretching before and after running is essential in preventing common injuries like runner’s knee and shin splints.
So one simple stretch before and after running involves lying down with your legs in the air while pulling the arch of each foot towards you one at a time.
This will provide a hamstring stretch, which is critical in warming up and preventing aches afterwards, and simply standing with feet hip-width apart and pulling each foot toward your buttocks one at a time will also prevent injury.
Improving Balance and Flexibility with Yoga
Like running, yoga is easily customized to individual preference and provides a challenge for both experts and beginners.
Beginner’s yoga consists of basic balancing poses, simple stretching, and proper breathing, and one basic beginner’s pose is downward-facing dog, or upward-facing dog.
To achieve downward-facing dog, lie down on your yoga mat and get on your hands and knees, place your knees below your hips and stretch your hands out until they’re just past shoulders.
Then, exhale and lift your knees up from the mat while elongating your tailbone, then, lift your sits bones up while keeping your heels firmly planted down to achieve a nice calf stretch and relaxation.
Expert yoga poses involve headstands, unique twists and more intense balancing positions. Yoga is adored for its ability to promote relaxation, improved balance, toning, increased heart rate and overall rejuvenation.
For a good kick of motivation, watch this video, Yoga by Equinox:
CrossFit: The Ultimate Challenge
For those seeking the challenge of all challenges, CrossFit is perfect. CrossFit prides itself on being the original strength and conditioning program for professional athletes.
CrossFit is easily accessible and offers intense, strength-increasing workouts for everyone and can be performed at a CrossFit gym or at home.
StrengthTape is recommended when performing such intense workouts and can prevent injury.
Some CrossFit workouts include squats, splits, biking, rowing, swimming, squats, and more.
Avoiding routine is critical and CrossFit recommends varying from each exercise and emphasizes keeping workouts short and challenging.
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Kathrine Kreger is a recent graduate from the U of U in Utah, now residing in Eugene, Oregon and living life to the fullest!
Writing, cooking, and astronomy are her true loves and she’s hoping to be a published book author by the end of 2013.
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