Congratulations! You should consider interval training as a substitute (many studies have shown that you can get the same gains from interval training as you can from running, but with less wear and tear on your body), with one day a week in which you run as a gauge for your progress or maintenance. Good post!
Interval training is what I do on the regular, and I do notice results from it and understand why it’s so much easier on one’s structure overall. But there is nothing like that runner’s high, where after a half hour of misery you feel like you could just go forever- I can’t wait to feel that again!
Distance running definitely has its unique qualities. I used to be addicted (9 miles a day, at one point). Now I prefer Crossfit (www.crossfit.com; ever tried it?). You’d be surprised at the endorphins you can activate after a 15-minute grueling workout!
There’s one of those gyms right near me! Less than a mile away. I don’t know anything about it at all… is it the sort of thing you can pay for by the class? I’m a commitment-phobe when it comes to joining gyms.
Usually, they have an introductory class (sometimes, they’re even free!). Usually, the model is you pay month by month. They can be a little expensive, but keep in mind that it’s not just a gym you use, but classes in which you are being trained/coached, so it’s much cheaper than a personal trainer. You will NEVER go there and feel like you didn’t get a good workout in. They all have websites. What’s the name of the one near you? They’re usually named something like “Crossfit Primal” or “Crossfit Arlington.” I highly recommend that you read this article: http://journal.crossfit.com/2002/10/what-is-fitness-by-greg-glassm.tpl It’s a little long, but it gives you insight into the concept of fitness in general. Once you define what fitness means to you, you can shape your workouts to achieve that. Crossfit is not so much a particular style of workout as it is a program designed to improve your body in 10 core areas. One day may be a strength workout, in which the biggest athletes (all of the students are “athletes” and the trainers are “coaches”) in the class excel; and the next day could be a distance day, in which the mesomorphs excel. Different affiliates take different approaches, but they should all follow this overarching philosophy.
SO interesting! Month to month is still better than a long term commitment. I’ll take a look at that article. Thank you very much for all the info. =)
My pleasure! Let me know what you think!
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