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Old 01-15-2009, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice about jogging in place.

I live in the state of Iowa where wind chills are currently reaching -40 during the day, so running is not an option for a few more months. I have started to add jogging in place to my workout to make sure I get plenty of cardio in.

I had no problem running 6 miles or so without getting sore calves - I figured jogging in place would be a piece of cake. Apparently I was wrong? It seems to work a different part of your leg - the first time I tried it I had to stop after 20 minutes (sad I know) and I was walking with stiff legs for three days straight.

SO - do I just need to get used to working different muscles or am I doing something wrong? Any tips?
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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It's not going to be -40 every day!

You can still go running in the winter!!! If it becomes dangerous, take a few days off.

I don't think running in place really makes up for a long walk/run outside....
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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It's not going to be -40 every day!

You can still go running in the winter!!! If it becomes dangerous, take a few days off.

I don't think running in place really makes up for a long walk/run outside....
Why don't you think it makes up for it? You burn a ton of calories - it's a good workout, as well as build muscle. It's just not as popular as running on a treadmill, etc.

And - more than not, it is impossible or dangerous to run around here, the trails are snowed over and icy, as well as sidewalks. Not to mention the windchill right now WILL give you frost bite within ten minutes.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone has tips... doesn't seem like many people do this workout. Don't make me go to Yahoo! Answers!
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Running in place really does nothing for you. Since its so cold outside I recommend doing burpees instead. These can be done in your living room quite easily.

How to:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MGlj...eature=related


YouTube - Burpee Conditioning
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:23 PM
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Location: At the lake house in sunny Florida
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Hey guys, I'm looking for some advice about jogging in place.

I live in the state of Iowa where wind chills are currently reaching -40 during the day, so running is not an option for a few more months. I have started to add jogging in place to my workout to make sure I get plenty of cardio in.

I had no problem running 6 miles or so without getting sore calves - I figured jogging in place would be a piece of cake. Apparently I was wrong? It seems to work a different part of your leg - the first time I tried it I had to stop after 20 minutes (sad I know) and I was walking with stiff legs for three days straight.

SO - do I just need to get used to working different muscles or am I doing something wrong? Any tips?
I am doing the same with some other things. Jogging in place is not the same as outside but it is better than nothing. I started 3 days ago and my calves are really sore. It should be gone tomorrow. I am trying to mix it up by jogging in place, knee ups, side steps, marching, jumping jacks, and dancing. I keep my arms moving the whole time. You can also get a step and do a DVD. You can get a really good cardio workout that way. I think the more you can mix it up and keep your heart rate up the better off you will be. It will also be less boring.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:09 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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You can also jump rope if you have high enough ceilings inside. You can buy a nice rope for $10.00 and jump for 5 minutes. Its a lot harder than when you were a kid though and a great great workout. Its why boxers prefer it.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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Running in place really does nothing for you.
How do you figure? Thanks for the burpee recommendation.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:10 AM
 
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How do you figure? Thanks for the burpee recommendation.
If you are breathing hard and sweating, it is doing something for you.

I would do a calisthenic workout because I think jogging in place would be akin to a form of mental torture:

jumping jacks (50)
burpees (10)
mountain climbers (20)
free body squats (20)
lunges (20)
pushups (20)
chair dips (20)
crunches (20)
bicycles (20)
another ab exercise of your choice (20)

Try doing like three "rounds" by hitting each exercise without resting in between. You'll be worn out and it is a good full body workout. You'll have to do it a couple times to figure out the appropriate reps for each exercise. The numbers I put out to the side are just a guess from me based on your ability to run 6 miles comfortably. Tweak it after trying it. This is what I do (or a variation) when I'm stuck inside and don't feel like going to the gym.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Sounds boring, why don't you jump rope, or try yoga, pilates, or kickboxing ??
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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How do you figure? Thanks for the burpee recommendation.
What I meant was there are a hundreds of BETTER exercises to do than just running place. Its just something that wouldnt even cross my mind to even try. Jumping rope, burpees, pistols, yoga, kata, shadow sparring, are all much much better. Besides, running in place is bad for your knees if while "running" your knee extends pass your feet. If youre doing it really fast and concentrating on lifting your knee as high as possible its better for you.

The only time I will ever jog in place is for the 15 seconds where Im stuck at a red light when jogging through the neighborhood.

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