Today was my first cross-training day of the new training plan and apparently my last. There aren’t anymore cross-training days scheduled, so I guess I will have to cross-train on my easy run days. I always have trouble coming up with something to do on these days because I get bored very easily with exercises that aren’t running. Since I haven’t found any local yoga classes yet I decided to use my Pilates machine, do push ups and then dance with my Xbox.
First up was my Pilates machine. I did different workouts for my arms and legs while watching Girl Meets World on Netflix; don’t judge me. Arm strength is one of the things that I am lacking, so I should probably start using the machine more often. It uses resistance bands and pulleys to stretch, balance, and strengthen the body. I felt pretty good after and I could really feel the burn in my arms.
Next was dancing time! I absolutely love my Xbox kinect because I love to get a good workout in while I am playing a game. Since I have been away from my Xbox recently I haven’t been able to dance with it so I decided to use it in my cross training today. My favorite game is Dance Central because the dances can be challenging and they are a lot of fun. The game also has a calorie counter and a playlist option. I used one of my old playlists that I had created with fourteen songs on it so it went from song to song with little breaks in-between. During the breaks between songs I had time to do five push-ups each. By the end of the work out I was very tired and according to my Xbox I burned about 150 calories just with the dancing. Today’s workout lasted about an hour. I had fun, but I can’t wait to get another run in tomorrow!