Outdoor alternatives to running?

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08/09/2006 at 00:02
A question for you all:
What non-running outdoor training activities do you enjoy?

I used to love running outdoors a few times a week--just for exercise, not competitively. I can't run now (arthritis in sacroiliac joint--long boring injury story) but I've become totally bored by the machines at the health club. I really miss exercising outside, and I miss the intensity of running.

What are your favorite serious workouts that *don't* involve running? I've tried stair running/hopping, lunges, jump-rope.

Petra K.
Duck Girl    pirate
08/09/2006 at 00:16
open water swimming
stretching / yoga (in good weather)
08/09/2006 at 07:44
what about doing some serious walking. cover some good distances 15 mile walks or find some hills/ mountains.

I do cycling and walking aswell as running
08/09/2006 at 07:45
orienteering - walking with a purpose.
08/09/2006 at 08:35
Cycling - I've just bought myself a new mountain bike (my first Raleigh)and it's like being a kid again!

08/09/2006 at 08:39
Alfreso sex, can't beat it.

Sorry had to be said!
08/09/2006 at 09:24

What is that alfresco sex with a Rampant Rabbit?
08/09/2006 at 09:49
try rowing
cougie    pirate
08/09/2006 at 09:50
Does arguing burn up that many calories ? Yeah -suppose you're right rowrex.
08/09/2006 at 10:47
'Scrambling' up hills / woodland (like rambling but without the red socks and walking cane). Put on some grippy trainers and get uphill anyway you can. Hills test your endurance in a very short time and the leaning forward action & shorter strides may be ok with your hip.

Have you tried kettlebell training - a fab power-based fat burning workout that's suitable for rehab if you get a light bell, say 6kg.

Go to http://www.mindandmuscle.net/mindandmuscle/magpage.php?issueID=34&artID=999411

I use mine in the garden - the neighbours are used to my eccentric ways :)
08/09/2006 at 13:43
Nordic Walking (fitness walking with poles)

I have back problems and this is a great way to train if running gets to be too much.

Its very popular in Europe and Scandanavia where it doubles as a summer training method for cross country skiing.

Ingrid Kristenssen (her of London marathon fame) swears by it as a training method
10/09/2006 at 21:57
I'd definitely second giving Nordic Walking a try -its great for fitness and the poles do help with reducing impact

Fitness/power/speedwalking is good too - just walking faster - although you may find it uncomfortable depending on what movement aggravates your SIJ - although this doesnt involve the hipswing/waggle of racewalking

11/09/2006 at 13:12
Cross country skiing if you can find any snow. If you can't find snow then there are rollerskis.
13/09/2006 at 09:13
Yes X Country skiing is good as well. I spend 3 or 4 weekends each year in Scandanavia taking part in Loppet races. These are huge fun, and very social occasions - they also cut right across the ability range (which is just as well from my point of view)

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