Saturday, September 29, 2012
I have had to stay out of the water, due to a skin condition, this week and maybe next week. Until it clears up, I have been forced to get creative and add some variety to my workouts. This is actually a very good thing. I have read several Spark Articles on the topic of varying your workouts and how you can avoid "exercise burnout" by mixing it up. The water is my favorite venue but during my break I've re-discovered walking on a treadmill and riding a stationary bike.
I am finding that these land activities are working my leg muscles and feet in a different way. Since I don't have water to support my body, the exercises have more impact on my joins and muscles. This causes the muscles to work harder while in certain positions. I feel like my range of motion is different on land than it is in water too. In water, I have a huge range of motion and can really stretch my muscles. On land, my range is much smaller but has added stress on the muscles and joints. The combination is probably healthy since most of my daily activities are performed on land. It is interesting that I haven't been at all sore with my new workouts but I have been more tired. I perspire more noticeably when I do land workouts than I do when I'm in water. My guess is that the water cools me down more during my workouts but I probably still perspire quite a bit. With both types of workouts, I raise my heart rate equally. I did get rather bored when riding the bike and using the treadmill. The next time I do that type of workout, I am going to bring some music or perhaps a book to read. Coach Nicole's play lists will come in handy for this!