I( was having a recent discussion, actually discussions , with different friends about what is the makeup of the best fitness/health program.
Can one live on running alone? do we need to include cross-training, bodywork or other recovery tools?
Running 30-45 minute 4-5 days a week may be the perfect and complete fitness program, but as soon as a few muscles get tight or sore or you start dragging because you have no energy…you need to take a look and an expanded program with some broad based parts .
I included yoga, massage and food ideas in this post But there are so many more ideas.
-Cross Training- bike, swim, row, weight lift…
-sports like tennis, raquetball, golf etc get you moving and stress some other bodyparts
- meditation, hiking, pilates and other popular activites.
Massage has numerous benefits for basic health and some specific uses for athletes.
Yoga is great and can be done at home after a little study or a couple of classes. You can always go to the studio as well, but be careful which studio-and the focus of the instructor.
And of course the idea of food and fuel and diet can be addressed and some thoughts tossed around. Nothing here is a proposal or endorsement- just some recently found writings.