Sweatworking: How You Can Combine Running With Your Career

Sweatworking: How You Can Combine Running With Your Career

All too often it seems running and work are fighting for your time and attention. Whether it’s getting up well before the sun rises to get in some miles before your commute, turning down an office happy hour to make it to a run group on time, or missing your favorite race for an out of town conference, it can be hard to give both the attention you would like.

While it’s good to separate your de-stressing hobby with your day job, there are a few ways to combine the two and make running work to your advantage in the office. Enter….sweatworking!

*This is a guest post by Dan Chabert
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How To Maintain An Exercise Routine Even In The Coldest Months

How To Maintain An Exercise Routine Even In The Coldest Months

This is a guest post by Jennifer Scott.

Being healthy isn’t just limited to warmer months, no matter how much we may feel like hibernating under a warm blanket when winter comes. It might not be appealing to get out in the cold for your exercise routine, but it’s important to find a way around it and keep up a steady program, both for your body and your mind.

If you don’t mind the cold or snow, there are many ways to get active outdoors this winter; if you hate being cold, never fear! There are several ways you can stay fit just using everyday household items to help you along. Here are some of the best.

Housework

It has to get done anyway, so why not incorporate it into your workout routine? Keep up a steady pace and dust, vacuum, mop, deep-clean the fridge, and wipe the windows down. Get your body into it as much as possible for maximum effect. You can burn over 100 calories just by ironing!

Invest in some equipment

You don’t have to have as many pieces as a gym does, but investing in a machine that you know you’ll use–such as a treadmill or rowing machine–will go a long way toward helping you stay active even when the temperature drops. Set them up near a television or make sure you have good music to listen to while you work, which can make the time go by faster and ensure you won’t leave the machines to gather dust after the first week.

Walk the dog

Pets are excellent motivators to get outside and get moving, so grab the leash and take the dog for a walk. Doing it around the same time every day will increase the chances that you’ll stick with it; just remember to bundle up and avoid areas where you or the dog could slip when things get icy. If you don’t have your own dog, no big deal. Plenty of people need help from professional dog walkers. For example, they can be a big help to seniors who find it especially difficult to get around in snowy or icy conditions. Becoming one provides a great opportunity for you to make some extra cash on a flexible schedule while you’re staying fit during the winter.

Take up a sport

If the cold doesn’t bother you, throw on some warm clothes and take up a new sport. Hockey, skiing, and snowboarding are all great ways to exercise during the winter and will allow you to be social at the same time, which will help you beat the wintertime blues.

Dance

Throw on your favorite music and push the furniture back to create a makeshift dance floor, then let loose. Dancing burns a ton of calories and can help you feel good, as it’s a natural mood booster. If you have a spouse or significant other, grab them to join you. Dancing is always more fun with someone else.

Get some help from a DVD

There are tons of fitness instructors out there who have a DVD that will teach you their signature moves. Try out a fun one, like Zumba–which incorporates dance into the workout–or take up yoga. You might be surprised at how much you like it.

This is a guest post by Jennifer Scott. She runs SpiritFinder.org to provide information for people with mental illness. 

Photo via Pixabay by Sharonj

Do you work outdoors in the cold? Check out this comprehensive article from Working the Doors. The Ultimate Guide to Cold Stress

Do what you love, not what’s popular.

Do what you love, not what’s popular.

I hate running. This is what my friend said one day at lunch. I asked her why she wanted to do it and she said she needed to lose weight quickly. She is not the first person I have heard say they hate running or fill-in-the-exercise.

I never hate exercising or training. I don't even dislike it. There are things I would prefer to do, such as running or mountain biking over swimming or paddling, but mostly because the first two are more convenient. I would love to hoop more and do some types of functional strength training less but I know what I need to do to improve in my sport. I still like strength training though and never feel the need to put it off.

I think the only way a person will stick with something as a life choice is to pick something they like to do. What does it matter how intense the calorie burn is if you aren't going to stick with it? I also think it is a big mistake to pick a sport or a race just because other people are doing it and you want to fit in or are afraid of being left behind. I may not tell you, but the fact that you enter races, events or attend a class that you really don't like just because someone else does almost seems pathetic to me. Find what YOU like to do. Don't follow the crowd or your friend because it is popular or because you want to ‘keep up' in some way. If you don't know what you like, try different things but don't keep on keeping on just because.

As sports tend to become more popular and appeal to the masses, it actually tends to turn me off. This is a personal choice and I am in no way criticizing people for doing them but it just becomes less attractive to me.

When I started running marathons I didn't know a lot of people who did them. After 13 or 14 and qualifying for Boston, I was happy I met my goal because I didn't want to do them anymore. Too many people were doing them and they kept increasing the time until they became all day events to appeal to the masses. I just did my first ultra this year and will probably go this route from now on.

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My name in granite at the Boston Marathon

I started doing triathlons in 2003 and now that they are uber-popular, I don't really care about doing them, unless it is an off-road.

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Morning of Ironman

I love mountain biking because it is still easy to get into most races, it still has a grass-roots feeling and the community is smaller. Sometimes too small, as I have raced against myself for competition. For the most part, I don't do anything on the road anymore.

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Mountain biking local trails with my Besty

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My last real road ride w/ my friend Beth – 24 hours of Booty, which I did on my Single Speed.

Adventure racing is unique enough that I still have to tell people what it even consists of. There aren't a lot of females (c'mon, it's fun!!!) and I am always concerned with holding my own and adding value to any team I am on.

Hoopdancing is definitely not mainstream and there is a 50/50 chance that if I tell someone I do it that they will laugh and say ‘hula hoop?' (Hula is a brand, thank you very much). If I was trying to be cool and popular I would certainly pick where I whipped out a hoop but I don't really care about that type of stuff. I don't have any friends that I hoop with and I didn't know anyone that hooped when I started doing it. My husband has a couple of hoops (I have three) and people always joke first about him hooping until he tells them that those two big hoops on the wall are his 🙂

Speaking of my husband, he doesn't really hoop anymore but in the last couple of months has become completely addicted to disc golf. He plays almost daily and has even sported his first disc golf injury. Yes, they exist. Is disc golf a popular sport? Not really. Is it even considered a sport? Depends on who you ask….but he loves doing it and it is great exercise walking around the course.

Don't continue doing something just because you have always done it. When you have reached the point of boredom or where it feels like it is work then it is time to switch. Everything I have done has been exciting for me. When I reach a certain point, and only I know what that point is, I know I need to move on and find something new. I have some ideas about what my next sports might be, but I'm not ready to switch out anything yet.

Find your thing. Whatever it is. Don't do it to be popular. Don't do it to look cool and certainly don't do it just to burn calories. Pick something fun and challenging. Maybe it's a martial art, orienteering, inline-skating, kettlebells, hooping, clogging….you get my point. But respect yourself enough to do what you love. Or at least like a little bit 🙂

Do what you love, not what's popular.

Pilates Push Ups & Quad Stretches

Pilates Push Ups & Quad Stretches

If you are a regular reader, you know I love push-ups. Check out this video with Dr. Mischa Abshire Decker on how to do a Pilates push up as well as stretch your quadriceps after cycling and running. All that creaking on the video…don't worry, that was the camera, not my joints 🙂

Pilates Side Lying Exercises

Pilates Side Lying Exercises

This video will show runners and cyclists the appropriate muscles to use during Pilates side lying exercises. This is not Jane Fonda from the 80s, doing 100 side leg lifts. Do them right and you won't need to do many!

 

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