What is this cross training you speak of? We have all heard about this topic either it is a new workout or an article you may have read, but what really are the benefits? Cross-training is a great way to condition different muscle groups, develop a new set of skills, and reduce boredom that creeps in after months of the same exercise routines. Cross training also allows you the ability to vary the stress placed on specific muscles or even your cardiovascular system.
Fundamentals of Cross Training
The essential fundamentals of cross training are the same whether you are exercising for improved health and fitness or training for a competition. Try varying your exercise program from workout to workout by engaging in different types of activities to your existing workout routine. One of the easiest ways to incorporate cross training is to alternate activities everyday (e.g., run one day, stair climb the next, cycle the next). Another way to incorporate is to alternate activities within a single workout (e.g., walk on treadmill for 10 minutes, exercise on the elliptical trainer for 10 minutes and cycle for 10 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes of exercise).
When implementing cross training it is a good idea to divorce yourself from the idea that it is taking away from your normal training schedule. Yes, you will be taking time away from your regular exercise schedule or sport but, the absence will allow the muscles to become stronger. Now there are three main groups for endurance and most athletes: strength training, aerobic low-impact work and aerobic impact work, and each can be part of a cross training program.
The Importance of Strength Training
Incorporating a strength training program that touches on all major muscle groups is important and can enhance overall physical fitness. It is also important to take the stress off weary joints and reduce the risk for injury. Therefore, it is important to incorporate low-impact or no impact workouts a few times a week. This is easily implemented and can be used as an active recovery day.
Alternating Aerobic Work
It is possible to get in too much aerobic work in your training protocol. If you are training consistently and working on your aerobic endurance, during your off-season you might want to reduce that to 1 to 2 times per week. Cross-training is meant to give your body a break from your normal routine and get your body performing some different types of movement than it is accustomed to.
If you’re training the chances are high that most of your workouts are in the aerobic impact workout category. Cross training is meant to offer your body a break from the impact it faces during regular training. Which brings me to the moral of the story is that cross training can offer you a refreshing physical and mental challenge. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and give something new a try! Your body and mind will thank you for it. This article was originally published by HVMN.”https://hvmn.com/blog/training/how-to-add-cross-training-to-your-workouts