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How to Cross-Train during the Winter When You Can't Run

For runners, winter can be a real drag. Despite the weather, you can keep in shape and be ready for the first signs of spring.


  • Step 1: Run in water Find an indoor pool and run in the water. One of the biggest problems a cross trainer encounters indoors is recreating resistance. Water is an excellent substitute for natural wind resistance.
  • TIP: Check with your local parks department for public indoor pools.
  • Step 2: Tread the treadmill Hop on the treadmill. Although the treadmill will not offer the most thorough training, due to lack of wind resistance, you can still get a good workout by changing incline and speed settings.
  • Step 3: Try winter sports Try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Both of these winter sports provide excellent cardio workouts.
  • Step 4: Climb stairs Climb stairs. Find a tall building and huff it up those staircases. This exercise provides excellent endurance and cardio training.
  • Step 5: Watch for spring Get out and run at the first sign of spring, even if you have to plod through puddles and mud. The more time you spend jogging outside, the better off you'll be during marathon season.
  • FACT: The oldest annual marathon, the Boston Marathon, held its first race in 1897.

You Will Need

  • Indoor pool
  • Treadmill
  • Cross-country skis
  • Snowshoes
  • Stairs

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