TRY SOMETHING NEW: ATHLETE EDITION
GET 'BACK TO YOU!' THIS FALL AND TRY SOMETHING NEW
Variety is the spice of life. Not only is a new take on life good for the brain, it’s good for athletic motivation too.
If you’re committed to another sport, why would you consider doing a workout that does not mimic what you’ve chosen? Complementary sports can not only benefit your overall strength and conditioning, it can pay dividends in the long run to your sport of choice.
We’re all about looking forward to the changing season, trying something new and reigniting our an active groove. Read on for our JackRabbit ideas to shake up your activities as we race towards fall.
IF YOU’RE A 5-10K RUNNER, TRY STRENGTH WORK
Take to Runner's World or YouTube and you'll find a whole range of strength training for runners including conditioning sessions using only your body weight, great for travelers and fix-it-quick home training sessions.
Recommended Gear: Comfortable, form fitting workout gear is all you need and a pair of stable cross training shoes. From a longevity and safety standpoint, we recommend not wearing your favorite running shoes. Save them for the forward motion they are designed to support. Think you need to go to the gym for strength workouts? Not necessarily. Stretch bands, free weights and a small medecine ball are plenty to give you a full body workout.
IF YOU’RE A SWIMMER, TRY INDOOR ROWING
Recommended Gear: Ditch your silicone hat and goggles (unless you usually wear them out of the pool) and grab some hip-friendly athletic shorts and a shoulder-free tank to get into your row zone.
IF YOU’RE A MARATHON RUNNER, TRY TRAIL RUNNING
Recommended Gear: Firstly, ditch the earbuds. You’re going to need your wits about you on the trail. Quality sunglasses are essential for keeping your eyes on the trail (literally) and a specific pair of trail running shoes. Think you don’t need them? I know a first hand of an athlete who ended up in the ICU after sliding on some slick rock using road shoes for the trail. I had to call the ambulance and support her off the trail. Don't risk it, runner friends. (The athlete is ok, by the way.)
IF YOU’RE A TRIATHLETE, REVISIT YOUR MENTAL GAME
Recommended Gear: Step away from the gear! Leave the watch, music, heart rate monitor at home and go gadget ‘naked’! Don’t track anything! Okay, if you must have the data – cover your watch screen with masking tape and turn off notifications! Being present and in the moment will serve you well when you’re racing. It’s been proven in scientific studies (Read Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness if you’re dying to know more) that the mind gives out before the body does, as a means of self-preservation. We're not telling you to push yourself over your limits (consult a doc folks before any workout program!), but a little introspection, pushing into the discomfort zone can be good for the endurance soul.
IF YOU’RE A CYCLIST, TRY XC SKIING
Recommended Gear: Always the challenge of being freezing outside, but you warm up super quick when you XC ski. Keep the tush warm in long, flexible tights (we’re fans of compression all the way), add on a few wicking layers, a vest or jacket, including the hat and gloves, and you’re ready to glide on.
IF YOU’RE AN ATHLETE/RUNNER OF ANY KIND, TRY YOGA
Yoga is an all body experience, when was the last time you worked out your wrists, neck, lower back? Our challenge to you is schedule a 30 minute yoga ‘app’ appointment three times a week for 30 days and report back how you feel at the end.
Recommended Gear: Your yoga mat is your required gear of choice, flexible clothing that doesn’t ride up or down is key. While yoga poses are meant to massage the inner organs, there’s no reason in traumatizing your inner organs if your workout gear is cutting into you!
Look for wide waistbands, and longer torso tops and for men who want to avoid the t-shirt-over-your-head-look in downward dog, take on a men's workout tank and wear it with your pranayama pride.
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