Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cross training

Cross training.  Do you do it?  If you're a one sport person (like a runner or walker), you should be cross training, too.

Cross training is adding different modes of exercises into your routine.  For example: if your only form of cardio is running, add an extra day of swimming or spin class.  

Here are just a few benefits of cross training: 
  • By using your muscles differently (and in some cases, different muscles) you run less risk of injury/over training. 
  • You develop a new set of skills.  
  • Helps you maintain, and probably improve, your fitness level.
  • Reduces boredom of doing the same thing all the time.
  • Helps you to stay flexible in your schedule.  
Here are some examples of modes of exercises you can use:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Elliptical
  • Spin class
  • Row machine
  • Cycling
Strength training/other
  • Machines & free weights
  • Tubes, bands & stability ball
  • Pilates, yoga
  • Calisthenics (pushups, pullups, crunches, etc) 
  • Circuit training, plyometrics

Give yourself one day per week to try a new exercise and reap the rewards of being overall fit, healthy and injury free!