Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tramploline Wednesdays

I have been trying really, really hard to do 2 hours worth of working out every day.  It may average out to that considering my long weekend runs, but it is important to me to be consistent every day, whether it is cross training or running.  The biggest reasons why consistency can be a challenge is because of work and kid time.  I have my kids half the week and that often means that I cannot go off on a run during those days.  Which is why cross training is so important!  On my work days I am often tired and I have to remind myself that I will feel more energized after the workout. 

My cross training consists of the trampoline, swimming, and yoga.  My trampoline workout is usually about an hour long and includes a variety of moves that work as both strength training and high intensity cardio.  When I just can't keep up the intensity, I switch to easier lighter moves.  Yes, I am still talking about the trampoline!  Most trampoline moves include repeated jumps, kicks, and spins.  I set my timer for one minute intervals and switch up every time it beeps.  One minute is usually long enough doing one move repeatedly that I am ready to move on to the next.

I love the trampoline for improving my balance, strength, and flexibility. One of my favs is at the peak (height) of a jump I kick my legs up and out, touching my toes with my hands and spinning so that I do a kick out every 90 degrees or so (see picture at the top of the post).  Each time I spend an hour or more on the trampoline I learn something new about my body and how to move it on the trampoline.  It's amazing.  Spin your hips to spin your body.  Relax while you are airborne to get better air, especially on consecutive jumps.  I feel very lucky to have a trampoline and to have it buried in the ground.  I can just jump right off if I get too much momentum.  A trampoline is a great way to get a workout without leaving home.

Alright enough said, I need to get back to yoga.  And I promise I will post about my run at Soaking Eagle 50k and my first 50 mile race of the year just last weekend, Capitol Peak 50 miler!  I got the 4th Season of Dexter and I'm having a hard time getting motivated to blog when I can just sit on my bum and zone out.

1 comment:

  1. That looks so fun! I love that you found a way to exercise/crosstrain that also seems playful. Thanks for sharing Candice. Jess Mullen


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