Who’s Going Batty? 5 Indoor Workouts for Runners


Just because you’re trapped indoors doesn’t mean your training or exercise plan has to go out the window.

This article first appeared on iRun.ca

We’re all anxious to some degree or another about venturing beyond our doorsteps for a run, what with Google searches like ‘running outside coronavirus’ exploding right now . Yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay physically and mentally fit through a variety of indoor workout options as we wait out the pandemic.

And now with apps like Peleton and Zwift , indoor workouts feel like the real thing with virtual outdoor interfaces, challenges and coaches to guide and motivate you (that said, your garden-variety home treadmill combined with an upbeat soundtrack will do the trick) . With that, here’s five great indoor workouts, sans fancy equipment, that’ll help keep you in shape in body and mind.

1. Circuit Training

An excellent high-intensity, cardiovascular-meets-strength workout , circuit training will help you keep your speed up and your core strong while waiting out COVID-19.
A type of resistance training, circuit training employs a consecutive series of high-intensity aerobic workout routines and is perfect for home-bound runners, requiring minimal-to-no equipment. Here’s a great indoor circuit training workout.

2. Stair Climbing Workout For Runners

Stair training’s another excellent, safe indoor workout for runners that improves your VO2 max, while seriously strengthening your lower body, especially if you live in a high rise condo or apartment building. Just think, taking the stairs to your apartment because the elevator’s down again won’t seem like pure torture anymore. Here’s a great staircase workout.

3. Skipping

Skipping is a a fantastic all-around exercise for runners that works the legs, arms, back and shoulders, while providing a solid mid-to-high intensity anaerobic workout (aka, a replacement for your tempo runs). Best paired with retro hip hop, disco or any music that makes you want to move. Start with 5-10 minutes of skipping a few times a week and extend the length of time from there. Slow down your pace and turn your skipping routine into an aerobic workout and target the most common training zone you spend time in as a for distance runner.

4. Yoga Workout For Runners

Whether training indoors or outdoors, you still have to take care of your body and guard against against injury; incorporating yoga into your weekly workout regiment is a great way to do that. The most versatile of the five routines here for the house-bound runner, there’s a host of great yoga workouts available on YouTube alone which cater to runners by incorporating higher-tempo, strength-based movements alongside stretching exercises.

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5. Meditation

Finally, while less of an exercise and more of a mindset, it’s important for runners to take care of themselves mentally as well physically, amid a world that seems to darken by the day. Why not meditate at the end of your indoor workout? You may be surprised how much calmer you feel after even 5-10 minutes of meditative breathing. Further, meditation comes with the added health benefit of slowly reducing you heart rate after a vigorous exercise session, and also allows all that sweat to dissipate before you hop in the shower.

Popular Headspace offers myriad custom meditation exercises and programs to choose from.

Namaste, Runners

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