A couple of weeks ago I wrote my first “Dear Hamstring” post, begging my hamstring to stop breaking my heart and allow me to run without the ache. In the weeks since, I haven’t tried to run again, instead I nearly gave up on my cardio, cycling just a couple of times a week and walking around with my head hanging low.
Today, I feel a bit like superwoman. I just finished a 30 minute elliptical workout, a really fun one I did to one of my cycle playlists that I teach with. You can get a pretty great workout if you change up the speed, resistance, and levels, just like an actual indoor cycle class. The best part of the whole thing – no pain! I can run, sprint, and climb. I especially love the running.
Although I may be sidetracked with trying to reach my goal of running a 5K at the moment, I don’t have to throw in the towel. You’ve gotta be innovative with your fitness when life throws you an injury. Sometimes, you really do have to layoff and rest, but the rest of the time, it’s about finding what’s right for your body.
For me, the elliptical provides me with an outlet that I was trying to fill with running. I may or may not choose to try running again, but in the meantime, I won’t be losing my cardio mojo, and I can continue to work toward my fitness goal of running a 5K. What if I set that goal to on the elliptical instead? Now that is something I can work towards right now!
The trick is to try things that you enjoy that also don’t cause you pain. It’s important to try new things, or in my case, try old things in new ways. I got on the elliptical today a bit reluctantly, and soon remembered how much fun it could be.
I am also reminded today that a key motivator to a great workout is music. Again, it’s about finding out what fits. For me, I love to lift weights to hard rock, like the Foo Fighters and their ilk. However, and especially since I’ve been teaching indoor cycling, I’ve found that when I want a great cardio workout, I get really pumped up by a lot of deep beats and housy dance music.
If you haven’t switched over to streaming music yet, I highly recommend Spotify Premium (if you don’t mind commercials, than the regular Spotify is free). Not only do they have every song in the universe, with Premium you have the ability to create playlists that can be downloaded on your device so you don’t use up your data. Another added bonus are the shared playlists by users that come with all subscriptions where folks are creating really great mixes in every conceivable genre.
You can find me on Spotify at BendBurnBreathe where I’ve made my cycling and yoga playlists public. Today’s playlist was KatCycle 28.
If you’ve been stuck in a rut or sidelined with an injury, ditch what’s causing you pain right now and find the things that don’t. Find what fits! Take some time to create some new motivating playlists and reenergize your workouts. Share your stories and playlists below.