Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/29/2014 -- Those who love running love to run and often add little else into their weekly workout routines. In order to stay healthy and to advance both pace and endurance on runs, there are a few alternative workouts that can keep runners happy and active during off days or inclement weather patterns.
The first and most obvious is to trade an outdoor run for an indoor run on a treadmill. While this may seem boring as it lacks the element of outdoor freedom, it can be easier on the knees and ankles than solid concrete. In extremely cold or extremely hot temperatures, indoor running on a treadmill can also give the body a workout but keep it from being exposed to such extremes in temperatures.
Other cardio machines that can offer an alternative to a run include the rowing machine, the elliptical, and even a stationary bike. Both the elliptical and bikes offer interval training options, and the rowing machine is an excellent all over body workout that can increase muscle tone and strength without impact on the joints.
Other options for cardio workouts to build endurance include trying out a group fitness class for a change in workouts. Pilates, yoga, and tai-chi all offer benefits for runners including improved balance, controlled breathing techniques, and increased flexibility in areas that can become tight during training. Dynamic stretches such as knee and heel lifts can be beneficial to add in to a pre-run warm-up, and lifting weights or doing strength building exercises can improve speed and endurance during daily jogs.
It’s also important to get adequate rest in-between training days. Foam rolling the muscles to massage out knots is an excellent day off activity, as is a day of stretching or time spent in a yoga class. By the next day, the body will be ready to get back on the trails and into the routine. Taking time off and alternating a workout schedule is a good way to stay healthy and keep the workouts refreshing and engaging whether training for a short 5K or a full marathon.
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