It’ll Give You Motivation to Work Out
The beauty of signing up for a triathlon is it will give you set goals in three areas of training. You’ll be motivated to master three types of fitness training, which gives you variety in your workouts and will give you set lengths of time or distances to cover.
It’ll Force You to Cross Train
It’s easy to get into a fitness rut, which can wear out certain parts of your body. Some exercise (such as running) is especially hard on your joints, so it’s good to mix up your routine. Training for a triathlon is perfect because:
• Running is hard on your body, but is a fabulous calorie burner, tones your legs and core, and helps build bone density (which will prevent osteoporosis)
• Swimming is easy on your joints, but is a good calorie burner and works your upper body, which is neglected by a lot of sports
• Biking is easy on your joints, but is great cardio-vascular workout and tones your legs
It’ll Deliver an Extraordinary Sense of Accomplishment
If you’ve never competed in a race before, you don’t know what an amazing experience it is to participate in a challenging sport with a large group of like-minded individuals. You’ll find yourself propelled by the collective energy of the group, cheered on by strangers, and inspired by the people of various ages and body shapes who are doing the same race you are. When you cross the finish line, you’ll celebrate the knowledge that you set a goal and met it.
Choosing a Triathlon You Can Handle
Before you get intimidated, take a look at the many different levels of triathlons available. You’ll find just about every fitness level possible, from sprint triathlons to Ironmen. Triathlons aimed at novices usually feature a 250-meter swim, a 10-mile bike ride, and anywhere from a 2-mile to 5K run.
Talk to a personal trainer to determine which length triathlon will stretch you reasonably, and get training today! Your body will thank you for it!
Erinn Stam is the Managing Editor for an online nursing school website. She attends Wake Technical Community College and is learning about nursing schools in FL. She lives in Durham, NC with her lovely 4-year-old daughter and exuberant husband.