The challenge to remain consistent with workouts is amplified by a thousand in the winter. Or at least that’s what it feels like. As a runner, one of my favorite things about the sport is the fact that it allows me to experience the outdoors each day. I love seeing all the seasons, experiencing different temperatures and weather, and spending time outdoors. In the winter, I desperately try to stick to it – I love running outside as the snow is falling and experiencing the snow globe around me. However, the below zero temperatures and icy roads sometimes make this nearly impossible.
No matter how hard I try, there are always those days (and sometimes weeks!) where the temperature hovers around zero. Add the windchill in there and suddenly it takes longer to get dressed for the run than it does to actually complete the workout. These are the days where I finally give up and head indoors.
I love cross training indoors. There is something comforting about looking out the window at the frozen tundra and knowing that you are sweating inside. However, what I don’t love is the treadmill. I have never been able to enjoy a treadmill run, especially one that is forced because of the weather. In college I finally discovered the secret to maintaining running fitness in the winter without a treadmill. (It was mostly due to the fact that there were only about 3 treadmills in the entire gym at my university, so finding an open one was nearly impossible).
Being unable to run outside or inside left me in a little bit of a pickle. How in the world am I supposed to maintain my running fitness when I am unable to run? The answer: the elliptical.
The elliptical does a great job mimicking the running motion, and depending on what type of workout you are wanting to get in, could be all about strength or all about maintaining fitness.
As my husband and I begin to get settled in our home, we are slowly adding to our home gym. While we enjoy spontaneously purchasing workout accessories, buying a machine is a much more thorough process. Two years ago we moved in to a house, and have been wanting to buy an elliptical ever since. Knowing that I would never use a treadmill (more like dreadmill;), has left me with elliptical fever every time the temperature dips.
My parents purchased an elliptical for their basement, and it has become their most frequent form of exercise in the winter. While gyms are great, there is nothing that beats the convenience of having your favorite machine right in your basement! Since purchasing a workout machine is usually quite a financial investment, my husband and I want to make sure we thoroughly research every aspect of it beforehand. After almost two years of struggling to find all the information on our own and record it in one place, we found reviews.com.
This site is amazing! It does everything that we have struggled to do for ourselves this past year. Our issue has been finding bits and pieces of information in different places, making it hard to truly compare everything. We would think we found a goldmine with a cheaper elliptical, only to discover that it’s actually a really poor model. This site lists out so many different types of ellipticals and reviews them for us. We can compare their prices, models, features, and so much more. All in one place! The elliptical page we have been using is HERE.
While it still may take a while for us to save up for our purchase, we know that we will definitely be using reviews.com to ensure we select the right elliptical. Until then, I will absolutely use every chance I get at the gym to hop on that machine and keep my running fitness alive on a machine that I enjoy.
Here are two of my favorite elliptical workouts to complete during the winter. Most ellipticals have a similar resistance for each level, so I usually consider 1-4 being easy, 5-9 moderate, and 10-15 hard.
30 Minute Elliptical Interval Strength Workout
- 0:00-5:00 – Warm Up, Resistance 3
- 5:00-7:30 – Resistance 5
- 7:30-9:00 – Resistance 7
- 9:00-10:30 – Resistance 4
- 10:30-12:00 – Resistance 9
- 12:30-14:00 – Resistance 5
- 14:00-15:30 – Resistance 10
- 15:30-17:00 – Resistance 3
- 17:00-18:30 – Resistance 12
- 18:30-20:00 – Resistance 7
- 20:00-21:30 – Resistance 12
- 21:30-23:00 – Resistance 4
- 23:00-24:30 – Resistance 8
- 24:30-26:00 – Resistance 5
- 26:30-30:00 – Cool Down, Resistance 3
45 Minute Elliptical Running Workout
- 0:00-5:00 – Warm Up, Resistance 3
- 5:00-7:30 – Resistance 9
- 7:30-10:00 – Resistance 4
- 10:00-12:30 – Resistance 8
- 12:30-15:00 – Resistance 5
- 15:00-17:30 – Resistance 10
- 17:30-20:00 – Resistance 5
- 20:00-22:30 – Resistance 9
- 22:30-25:00 – Resistance 5
- 25:00-27:30 – Resistance 8
- 27:30-30:00 – Resistance 5
- 30:00-32:30 – Resistance 9
- 32:30-35:00 – Resistance 5
- 35:00-37:30 – Resistance 8
- 37:30-40:00 – Resistance 5
- 40:00-45:00 – Cool Down, Resistance 3
Happy Cross Training!