• By FitForsyth
  • Posted Thursday, November 3, 2016

Why Cross-train?

Cross training is an essential function of recovery and motivation. Cross training is simply the act of mixing your fitness up. If you are training for a 5k, for example, throwing a swim or a yoga class in the middle of your week may help break up the monotony of pounding the pavement over and over with miles of running. Your muscles need a break and your mind needs to be challenge, so why not switch it up?

What you can do for cross -training?

The list is really endless and depends on the person, but these four examples allow a person to get themselves out of their routine, with low impact on joints and muscles.

  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Yoga
  • Weight train

Why cross-training is important?

The number one reason to cross-train is to prevent injuries. Overuse can happen if you do a repetitive motion for an extended period of time. Swimmers should run some, runners should swim and yogis should weight lift. Mixing it up takes you out of overuse and uses different muscle groups; keeping you fresh and lean for the sport you love. What else is it good for? Check the list below.

  • Active Recovery- It is an active recovery. Meaning you are not sedentary and are still out their being physically active.
  • Rehabilitation- Cross-training is excellent for rehabilitation when you do suffer from an injury. Doing something that is low impact can help you get back out there quickly.
  • Don’t get burnt out- Keep your workouts fresh and don’t get burnt out on the same boring repetitive exercises.
  • Motivation-Stay motivated to continue exercising. Cross-training can be built into your routine and can help keep you motivated for the long haul.

Source: http://www.runnersworld.com/workouts/eight-benefits-of-cross-training