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1/3/16 4:28 P

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I've trained with Fleet Feet and they recommend the elliptical as an alternative to running outdoors because it uses the same muscles particularly during the winter months.

Also Running Times has recommended pool running as a running alternative when training.

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12/31/15 9:31 A

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I've started spinning in the past 6 weeks to give my joins a break. I am quite liking it. I've also heard that it's a good way to work on cadence - a 90 rpm on the bike corresponds to a 180 foot turnover in running. So I plan to keep up with at least 1 spin class per week for the winter.

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7/31/15 2:58 P

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Thanks, that's great. So, it's muscles nearby rather than the same ones!
I'll look into swimming as well. That would require travelling to a pool - running has made me lazy in that regard because you just pop out the door and you're exercising!

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7/30/15 1:17 P

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Here's a pic that kinda answers your question in one glance:


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7/30/15 12:43 P

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I use an indoor bicycle trainer during the winter (along with running), and my impression is that it doesn't work the exact same muscles as running, but it's close. There's a lot more outer quad work (what is that muscle even called?) than there is when you run, and less core engagement. But it's probably a great alternative for while you're pregnant. I've never had a baby, but I bet that any activity is better than none. And knowing lots of runner moms, it seems like our bodies must be able to get back to running after birth.

Might I also recommend swimming as an alternative? Again, I've never had a baby, but I've found that swimming laps a few times a week has greatly improved my running.

Congratulations on the little one!

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Hi,
I've been scarce on this team for a few months, mainly because I am pregnant, and so have scaled back on my usual half marathon summer events. I'm now almost 6 months pregnant and my legs are beginning to feel the strain of the bump!
I have been running regularly, just much slower and shorter distances, with the aim of keeping fit and just keeping my muscles used to the activity of running, but now I'm getting concerned about leg injuries, simply due to the pressure of weight on my calves. I'd like to keep running for as long as possible, but without injuring myself.
Would you recommend indoor cycling as an alternative - if I reduce my weekly running, but add the indoor cycling to make up for what I'm missing? Does it work similar muscles?

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