Running is a favorite style of workout

Exercise is part of my everyday routine.

To get the most out of my workouts, I try to change up the style of it as often as possible.

I attempt to target different muscles and switch between strength training and high intensity cardio. For some sessions, I go through a combination of squats, lunges, burpees and abdominal crunches. I might jump rope for the full hour. To give my joints a break from steady impact, I often ride the stationary bike, cycle outside or swim. I love to take my kayak out on the lake and work my arms. For the sake of core strength, balance and flexibility, I work yoga poses into my regular routing. Although I only allow myself to run one or two days per week, it is my favorite style of workout. I have issues with plantar fasciitis and need to be careful with my feet. Running is tough on my arches, ankles and calves. I have invested into a good quality pair of sneakers specifically designed for running. I am conscientious about a thorough warm up, stretch and cool down. I make sure to drink plenty of water. I like the simplicity of running. I don’t need specialized equipment. I can vary the routes I take to stick with level ground or incorporate inclines. I often run through town to take advantage of the smooth pavement and the variety of sights. I typically choose a route through the woods where I can clear my head and simply enjoy the run. I play music, appreciate the scenery and try to spot different species of birds.

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