Cross-Training

Cross-training refers to activities other than what you are doing for your chosen primary exercise (running, walking, run-walking, spin, gym, barre, tennis etc.) which will make you stronger while minimizing the impact on your body. The best activities are those that provide additional strength needed for your supporting muscles and endurance activity, so activities that use the legs and core are very good for cross training for runners/walkers, tennis and golf enthusiasts. These include using an elliptical or step climber (or just climbing stairs), biking, spin, cardio/weights and swimming. In addition to these, there are other activities like barre, pilates and yoga that can help to strengthen your core and increase flexibility. You want to choose activities that use the same or similar muscle groups, sometimes in different ways, stressing and strengthening them. Cross-training helps your body increase its capacity for work while minimizing the impact on your joints. Activities that allow you to increase core strength and flexibility help improve your endurance and minimize injury risk. Usually, having at least one day of cross training a week not only helps you physically, it is a nice change in your routine to give you a mental break as well. Cross training complements your regular training. Share what works for you in the comments below!
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Our Training Tips are written by our Raw Threads Club Troop Counselor, Jo Roberts. 🏕
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