Too Cold to Run? Try Cross-Training
By Breanne Bakan
As winter drags on, it can be hard to get out the door to get your mileage in. Trudging through the snow and the slush can leave you with numb toes, frozen fingers, and achy joints from all the slipping and sliding. Some days it can be tough to start a run, let alone finish one. We’re here to tell you it’s okay to step away from the snow and get your workout in another way. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite cross-training and non-cardio workout activities that can keep you warm in the winter.
- Rowing — This is a great way to shake up your traditional cardio. Rowing focuses a lot more on the upper body muscles (something us runners can tend to neglect) which is all the more reason you should throw it into your winter training. It’s a great way to get the heart rate up, burn fat, and build muscle.
- Elliptical — The elliptical is the closest you can get to running without actually stepping on the treadmill. The form used on the elliptical is very similar to the form used when running and the best part is that it is very low impact. That means you can get your run in without pounding away on the pavement.
- Swimming — If you are looking for a serious workout, look no further than your nearest indoor swimming pool. This non-impact activity is sure to leave you out of breath, and the health benefits of swimming are just as high as running. Many experts cite swimming to be a more efficient fat burner, which is perfect if you’ve got some holiday pounds to lose.
- Weight training — As a runner, it can be easy to ignore the importance of weight training. Who wants to lift weights after a run anyway? Frigid days are a great reason to hit the gym. Lifting weights doesn’t just build essential muscle strength, it also strengthens joints and tendons. This goes a long way in both faster race times and injury prevention.
- Hot yoga — Okay, this might not be an actual cardio exercise, but hear me out. Hot yoga has been proven to reduce stress, build bone density, burn calories, reduce blood glucose levels, and provide an overall cardiovascular boost. Plus, when the temperatures are in the teens, what sounds better than stepping into a room heated to approximately 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit?
If there’s a snowstorm coming your way, don’t stress about how you’re going to get your run in. Take this winter as an opportunity to explore other options. Just because the cold weather is here doesn’t mean your running has to suffer. Take our advice and try something new so you can hit the road running when the weather breaks.
Too Cold to Run