Should You Compliment A Kettlebell Workout With Running?
I’ve seen this question pop up a few times before. Should you just stick with Kettlebells, or is it better to mix in other things?
In truth, it really depends on you. I’m not going to go as far as saying it depends on your NEED, but rather on your WANT.
If you like Kettlebells and hate running, don’t force yourself to run. On the other hand, if you love running (or swimming, or cycling for that matter), then do what you love!
As always, motivation is the most important thing, and mixing up your routine can be one tactic for keeping yourself motivated. As long as you “mix it up” in a consistent way and don’t just bounce around from one routine to another, you’ll be fine. Here are some other considerations.
Still, while focusing on what you like to do is the best move, you should at least be aware of your goals, so that you can get the most out of whatever routine you settle on.
Kettlebells have you covered.
Let’s take a look at what Kettlebells offer you. Sometimes we forget just how versatile they are.
For losing weight, toning up (especially without bulking up), gaining fitness, health, balance, and an all-round total body workout, the Kettlebells will give you just what you need.
Running, cycling and more aerobic exercises will of course give you a more cardio centered workout, but in no way will using just kettlebells mean that you neglect your cardio.
I’m sure you’ve noticed before how they get your heart pumping.
Running Gives A Mental Boost
An additional benefit of running or cycling is that you get a different experience, and a different level of satisfaction from the workout.
I love jumping on my road bike once a week and just getting out there. I’m lucky enough to have a few hills and mountains a short distance from my place, so going for a ride for an hour or more gives me something that Kettlebells can’t give me.
Obviously, I’m getting a thorough workout too, but that’s not the pure purpose of my cycle. It’s more just a case of getting some fresh air, thinking time, and a battery recharge (even if it does kill me at the time lol).
Get The Most Out Of What You Do
If you’re feeling like your Kettlebell workout isn’t giving you everything that you need, then it might more be a problem with the exercises you’re doing and less an actual Kettlebell issue. Consider checking out some other exercises, watching a few YouTube videos, or even following a DVD routine to make sure you get the most out of your Kettlebell experience.
Unless you’re using incorrect form or working out inconsistently, Kettlebells will give you everything your body “needs”, but that’s not to say you won’t get something extra out of getting out of the house on your feet or a bike for an hour or so.
Hey, you could even take your Kettlebell down the park if you want to get some more variety into your workouts.
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