Sometimes, I think about adding other forms of exercise to my running. Maybe I would enjoy riding an exercise bike on those cold rainy nights, or maybe swimming some laps in the pool at our community center. Then I remember that the pool/fitness center is quite costly, plus it would take me about 20 minutes to get there by foot or by bus since I don’t have a car. That kind of defeats the purpose, since I could have completed half my run in that time.
Onto the next idea. I’ve never really gotten into weightlifting. The few times I’ve tried, I find myself getting bored very quickly. So instead of conventional weights, I use my kids! They are around 30 pounds each, so putting them on my back, shoulders or holding them is a workout in itself. I’ve also incorporated pushups into my exercise routine. I consistently complete 25-30, and have even made it to 50 a few times.
As you all know, I walk a lot. During my morning and afternoon commute, I walk for 15 minutes to and from the bus stop. Also, I take a 10-20 minute walk break once or twice at work and also manage to squeeze in at least one short walk on my lunch break. After sitting all day, it is a welcomed relief.
Do you have any other suggestions for exercises besides running?