Well, I haven’t been talking about exercise much because winter time is really hard on my workout routine. I like the gym for the weights and variety of machines that I can do there. I don’t like the treadmill aka dreadmill. I swear I can hardly run 1 mile on the treadmill without feeling exhausted. I KNOW I can run a lot further than that outside. It is a mental thing. I watch the minutes tick by on the treadmill in agony waiting for a mile marker to be over. It’s sad. I like exercising and don’t want to feel this way. I have a few workouts that will get me through the winter blues:
- Split Ups – Run 3 total miles on the treadmill but split them up. Do 1 mile at slower pace, hop off, 3 sets of arm weights, jump back on for a medium speed 2nd mile. Hop off and do 3 other sets of arms. Finally, 3rd mile at a fast pace, hop off do last 3 sets of arms and abs with stretching. I realize a lot of people will do their cardio straight through for a solid 30 or 40 minutes. Not only is that torture for me, but my heart beat is continuously raised when going back and forth between cardio and weights.
- Game Running – Running like it’s a game. What does that mean? Well, I honestly pretend that while I am on the treadmill someone is telling me what to do. I will give myself commands like sprint, slow down, jog, speed up, hills, etc at any moment (don’t watch the clock). I will do this for the entire time I am on the treadmill and it honestly makes the time go much, much faster. Now the trick is, saying the sprint word more than once while being on the treadmill. I like to make it a “finger-rule.” I need to sprint 5 times on one hand and jog 5 times on the other hand. I think that seems pretty fair.
- Minute Running – Running while changing your pace every minute. I must be the girl on the treadmill where everyone hears “beep, beep, beep.” That’s because I am making the treadmill go slower, faster, higher or lower every minute I am on there. It sounds crazy, but it helps my mind. It really does. I will start off at a slow jog, and every minute I will raise the speed 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 etc. When I get to 7.2, I will come back down every minute and then will do the same with the incline. The time goes very quickly on the treadmill and before I know it I have ran a number of continuous miles.
So, what is your technique for switching over to the gym during the winter months? Or do you run outside through all seasons? I definitely will be out in the cold if the temperature is around 50 and it’s sunny. I will also run in the cold if I have a race, but on a normal basis I am more of a gym go-er in the winter time.
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