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Running was my first serious fitness love. In today's world of boutique studios and gimmicky programs, it almost seems quaint to admit that. But it makes sense: I've been putting one foot in front of the other my entire life, including a brief stint on my high school track team. (Those hurdles and I did not get along.) The best thing about running? All you need is a pair of shoes, and some space.

How Cutting Back on Cardio Made Me Healthier, Stronger, and Happier

Running was my first serious fitness love. In today's world of boutique studios and gimmicky programs, it almost seems quaint to admit that. But it makes sense: I've been putting one foot in front of the other my entire life, including a brief stint on my high school track team.  The best thing about running? All you need is a pair of shoes, and some space.
How Cutting Back on Cardio Made Me Healthier, Stronger, and Happier

Over that weekend, I realized my racing days were over. I'm sure my reasons were different than most: I didn't get a serious injury; I didn't get sick; I didn't have a major personal crisis that caused me to miss a bunch of training runs. I was lucky. I just came to the realization that I didn't have to run that race, even if I physically could. And sometimes it's better to listen to your body and take a break.
Since then, my new workout crushes are indoor cycling, strength training, and yoga. It's a mix that makes my body feel stronger and look leaner and more toned than it ever did slogging through 15 to 20 miles per week. I have more energy overall and zero painful twinges in my ankles or knees. 
And I've never been more excited about working out. I've learned how to do headstands in yoga and I've seen my name high on the leaderboard in cycling classes. Now, instead of putting one foot in front of the other for miles on end, I'll put together my favorite strength exercises for a HIIT circuit that kicks my ass. On a freezing morning, I'll do a yoga video in my apartment, rather than drag myself to the gym and dutifully press start on a treadmill.
I'll never forget everything running did for me. It helped me fall in love with fitness, introduced me to areas of New York City I'd never discover otherwise, and helped me get healthier after college. And I'm not saying I'm giving it up completely. Sometimes I'll return for a weekend tryst—there's nothing like a leisurely Sunday run to get your head straight for the week ahead, or a long run to explore a new city I'm visiting on vacation. But for the most part, I'm committed to staying in an open relationship with all of my workouts.
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