7 YouTube Workouts to Complement Your Run
If you’re a runner, you know that sometimes muscles and joints feel sore, over-tired or just plain painful. Whether you’re training for your first marathon or just love logging miles on the reg, mixing in different workouts is really important. Complementary workouts prevent common running injuries and help you improve your speed and endurance. Yoga and weight training are awesome options for making sure you’re strong for those weekly long runs, but there are tons of other workouts to choose from. Some of these can be done before or after a run, and some work better as standalone sweat sessions. Keep reading for seven runner-friendly workouts you can do on your own — for free (yay!).
1. Hip Opening Yoga: Runners often complain about tight hips. Mobility is extra important for runners because of the ultra-repetitive movements of running, so committing to some kind of yoga practice at least once a week will keep you in tip-top running shape. If you’re feeling a little tension in your hip area, definitely check out this flow that’ll have you feeling back to normal in no time. (via Grokker)
2. The Ultimate 2016 Ab Workout: Another crucial muscle group for runners? Abs! Your core is the center of movement no matter what workout you’re doing, but a strong core can also help you breathe more efficiently and avoid lower back pain during runs. Trainer Cassey Ho is so peppy and energetic that this 13-minute mini-workout totally flies by. (via Blogilates)
3. Pre-Run Warmup Workout: If you’ve ever wondered how you should be warming up before a run, this video has the answer. Not only does it take you through an extremely thorough sequence, but it also explains why certain movements are important for various running concerns. Eventually, you can learn which exercises work best for you and do your own little warm-up before every run. (via Cyclone Fitness)
4. Bikini Kettle Band Workout: Strength training is extra important for runners, especially since after a certain point you can’t get faster without more muscle power. Building up strength in your arms, legs and glutes can be done really effectively with kettlebells and bands, and this workout makes trying out these pieces of equipment for the first time totally easy. (via Tone It Up)
5. The Only Five Stretches You Need: Stretching after a run can be confusing. You maybe kind of remember some stretches you did in your last studio class, but which ones are actually helpful and which ones can you do without? If you want to be efficient with your stretching time, this five-minute video is sure to help you out. (via Shape Magazine)
6. Total Body Cardio Burn: If you’re focusing on endurance, cross-training is a must, since you can’t run every single day (without making your knees scream), but need to keep your cardio activity up. HIIT and bootcamp-style workouts are awesome options, since they get you into that intense heart-rate zone quickly. Trainer Astrid Swan leads you through a workout that requires no equipment, but seriously tests your cardio chops. (via CosmoBody)
7. Quick Workout Cooldown: If you’re an avid runner, chances are you completed a long run today. Treat yourself to an actual cooldown, which will help your muscles recover faster. Trainer Natalie Jill takes you through a quick but effective dynamic stretching sequence that’ll end your workout (and start your weekend!) on a super positive note. (via Natalie Jill Fitness)
What do you do before and after your running workouts? Do you supplement with additional exercises? Tell us about it @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)