If you're like me and you tend to trend the gym workouts more heavily in the winter months (hello -13 yesterday!) then you know you must have a plan before setting foot in the door. Without a workout plan you risk wandering the treadmills and elliptical machines waiting for sweatspiration to strike or stare into the group fitness room with your nose to the window wondering if that class would be any fun. Maybe weights? Maybe yoga? Maybe just sit in the sauna, pretend it's a beach in Mexico and call it a day?
Welcome to my perfect one hour workout:
30 minutes on the stationary bike (level 9) as fast as you can.
20 minutes on the treadmill as fast as you can.
10 minutes in the pool as fast as you can.
This is not an original idea. There are indoor triathlons happening in health clubs the world over. If you want specifics on why they're a good option and how they work, check out this article I wrote about indoor triathlons two years ago. But it wasn't until New Year's Day, when my husband suggested we do this on our own at the gym, that I saw the value as a stand alone workout.
I have since hosted my own little indoor triathlon three times and I'm motivated by increasing my distance covered in each sport. I do not wander the floor debating which piece of equipment to try next. I move quickly from bike to treadmill to pool and when my time is up I know I haven't wasted a minute of gym time.
Better still, there is plenty of time to shower before picking up the kids in the childcare center. There's even a few minutes to spare sitting in the sauna pretending I'm on a beach in Mexico.
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