If you don’t have the right equipment, your work-out could be torturous, and even worse, result in no gain. You have to have the right equipment. By right, it needs to fit your specific body, it needs to offer the right kind of support for the activity, and it has to look super chic right? 😛
For running: Shoes. I started off running with my cheap worn out tenis shoes, and it was murderous on my knees. They couldn’t handle the stress. Special shoes designed for running that will absorb the shock, and in my case, support weak arches due to having too many children (loose ligaments cause for stretched bones, etc.) can lighten the stress in your joints.
Women need proper undergarments. ESPECIALLY if you are rather busty (or breastfeeding, or in my case, both). Seriously, there is nothing more uncomfortable and awkward than having your ladies doing more moving than you are. Some women prefer to bind those beauties with tight-fitting sports-brands. If your breastfeeding, that may lead to other issues, so just make sure that you use something *VERY* supportive.
For Cycling: a proper saddle. I took a 20 minute ride the other day on the saddle that came with the bike…that was four days ago and I STILL have a sore tooshie from the experience. I opted for a noseless saddle. Again, I’ve had too many children too recently, my body will not put up with the stress. It rebels, but it is not union so what choice does it really have?
You’ve gotta have the proper place to do your work-out. Whether this is a gym, a track, the equipment, a road, your living room floor, wherever. You can’t do ANY work-out with the place to do it. At a gym, I would consider cleanliness to be a concern (I really don’t know, I’ve never worked out in a gym, unless you count middle school). Any equipment that you use (elliptical, weights, treadmill) needs to be in proper working order. The use of damaged or broken equipment can result in serious and long-lasting injuries. If you do your working-out in your living room floor (core strengthening, weight training), there has to be room for you. You don’t wanna be cramped, or have to be worrying about hitting your head or your foot on something.
Women: Something to control your hair is a must! I have this issue with running upon occasion: Even when the bulk of my hair is in a pony tail, my side-swept bangs become UN-swept and then I can’t see where I am going. It isn’t just about being comfortable and lessening your worries. If your dealing with other equipment, your hair can become hazardous getting stuck or even causing scalping!!! THAT would be pretty gruesome.
When you’re exercising or working out, you are focusing on your body. Your attention is on what you are doing, how many reps you are doing, how long you are doing it, you really don’t want to be worrying about things that just don’t relate. Although there may be some things that you just can’t control: Like, I cycle with my children in tow, that’s the only way that I can do it. However, the older two are buckled in tight so I don’t have to worry about them climbing out (which they would totally do), and the youngest one is nestled nice and tight so she isn’t going anywhere either. So, while I do have to be aware that they are there, I don’t really have to worry that anything is going to happen with them.
So, today’s stats on Cycling. We actually decided to cycle over to the church’s building (my husband is an evangelist), just to see how long it would take. It turned out to take less than 10 minutes one way, so we might be making the cycle on a regular basis as a means of transportation 😀
Distance: 2.1 Miles
Average Speed: 6.8 mph
Max Speed: 10.1 mph
- Proper shoes key to make most of running, walking (local10.com)
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- Best Tips For Building Muscle Through Weight Training (e-prescribe.biz)
- Running after Baby (runningandcupcakes.com)