I ride. In fact, I'd rather ride than run. But there's a couple months out of the year I can't ride, and running is my best hope to keep off the winter weight.
I like the idea of taking PE classes. My senior year, I needed credits but I'd already completed the required classes for my degree. I took fencing for two semesters (and really loved it!), yoga (which I hated), ice skating, and weight lifting. I would have taken horseback riding but it didn't work with my schedule.
It is a really good idea to do weight training. It's easy to get so focused on cardio workouts that we forget about anaerobic exercise. (I am quite guilty of this. I have legs of steel, noodly arms, and a jello-belly core.)
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I do Leslie Sansone too! I just started this 5K challenge. Wasn't sure what counted as cross training; Leslie does offer different walks with weights which I love. Just enough weight to make you sweat and love if!!
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If your in the dorms I'm assuming you're in college, does your college give you access to their gym? I know when I was in college the first time and lived in the dorms the school's gym had a lot of cheap or free aerobics classes. Otherwise you could try aerobics videos online. There are a lot of popular ones on youtube.
Also does your school have any intramural or club sports you could join? I know I did fencing in college and they didn't require that you be any good at it or anything and we had several beginners. I used to see postings for all sorts of sports clubs in college, just try looking at the bulliten boards maybe and see if there are any that look interesting to you. Or another option is you could sign up for an exercise class as a credit class to make sure you show up. I know I took a 1 credit gym class every semester that I was at the university.
The options are there, don't feel like you are confined to your dorm room. Cross training can be pretty much anything that keeps you active.
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I do Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds. I do her more intense workouts that are 3 miles long or more. She has workouts that use resistant bands, weights and a walk belt that she has developed. Cindi
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Thank you! We do have a gym on campus, but I can't fit getting there into my schedule every day. It's a 10 minute walk. Good for warming up, but I don't always have time to add 20 minutes to a workout.
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I belong to a gym, so I do a variety of things: strength training (free weights, some machines and body weight), group exercise (spin, step, Zumba, kickboxing) and swimming. There has to be a workout facilities at your school; do they have any of this stuff available?
Another weapon I have in my arsenal is a set of resistance bands and a Swiss (also known as a balance) ball. You can get each of them at Target for about $20 and they really help me get a strength training workout in when I'm traveling (my gym is 3 minutes away, so I have no excuse to go!).
What do you do for your cross training? I was hoping to get some ideas of cross training I can do in my dorm room. I plan on doing some body weight strength training and pilates, but are those good enough or should I be doing some sort of cardio to count as my cross training?
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