Ever since I started doing Couch to 5k last March (which is how I started running at all), I’ve been pretty dedicated to staying active and working out at least 3-4 times a week. I even ran my first half marathon in October.
As I was training for half marathon number two, though, injury struck, and I’ve had to step back a little from running. To make up for missing running, I’ve stepped it up a bit with more spin and have also started to incorporate some new classes and different types of workouts into my regime to ‘trick’ my body into toning and dropping weight.
A while ago, Tina from Carrots ‘n Cake posted a chart from Fitness Magazine showing different amounts of calories burned in different classes with with different workouts, as well as how much you burn afterwards.
It was really helpful to know how many calories spinning burns during the class and also afterwards, but it was also a bit disappointing to see how little running actually burns after you finish, even compared to walking. Does any of this surprise you?
I’ve also started doing yoga (initially as injury prevention, but now more because it’s just enjoyable) and have tried both power yoga and Bikram yoga heated and unheated. While I love the stress relief, stretch, and muscle toning that it provides, I have no idea how to categorize yoga in terms of calories burned, expected benefits, and the like. I’ve found a few articles with different numbers, but I’m still waiting on physical results to believe everything I read.
I’ve also tried BodyPump and BodyCombat my Les Mills at my gym, and I really like those and the different areas that they focus on as compared to the basic cardio that spinning and running provide. Have you done Les Mills classes or classes similar? What are some of your favorites?
I’ll be returning to running very shortly, as this yoga really is helping my hip a lot (along with the physical therapy I went to). In fact, I’m running a half marathon at Disney this weekend. While I clearly haven’t trained for it in a running sense, as my last race was the Turkey Trot 5 mile, I’m in great shape and just want to finish. I’m only doing it because I’m running the first half of the marathon in the marathon relay and can’t leave the person I signed up with hanging. My goal is to have fun, run the whole way (and not care at all about my time), and enjoy the race!
And after this race I’ll resume running (along with yoga and cross training to stay safe and injury-free) to train for the St. Petersburg Rock ‘n Roll half marathon coming up mid-February where my goal is to get closer to my Wine and Dine time.
What does your workout regiment consist of? Anything you’ve added or taken away as a new year’s goal? Anything else you would suggest I try in my dual goal of weight loss and toning? There were a few girls who have written about working out lately and motivated me to write this post! Thanks Kelly and others!Follow on pinterest Follow on twitter