Training Update: Lots of Strength Work & Go Away Snow
Cold weather can be a huge deterrent for me to exercise outside. When I say cold I am referring to snowy, icey or general wet conditions when combined with cold weather. I actually enjoy running in the winter, so long as I’m not overwhelmed by trying not to face plant. Therefore, these last few weeks have been a challenge. After finishing PT I’d began to get back into a running rhythm and it felt great! However, snow storms and recording breaking freezing temperatures have put a damper in my plans.
This wouldn’t be a huge issue if I didn’t have a race coming up in 3 weeks. So I am doing everything I can to keep my cardio up and keep strength training. Exercising indoors can pose unique challenges. I am fortunate enough to have a great space in my home that allows me lots of room on a hardwood floor with nothing in my way. This space also happens to be in front of a TV. I have been treating my living room as an exercise room. This means my yoga mat, weights, foam roller, and resistance bands are out 24/7. It serves as a constant reminder to get my sweat on for the day.
Each day I focus on doing some type of cardio/movement whether it’s my exercise bike, yoga, dance DVD, running my stairs (I’m in a 3 floor townhouse) or a HIIT workout. After cardio I choose a focus whether it’s arms, abs, legs, or whole body. The combination changes each day which is part of the fun.
That’s been my training for the last 2 weeks. I am looking forward to the ice clearing and logging more miles before Asheville, but until then I’m going to enjoy my indoor routine.
So what have you been doing this winter? What indoor exercises do you do? How do you decide which exercise to do daily? Do you plan out the week in advance based on the weather or do you wing it?