Change it up with Cross Training!

Friday, May 31, 2013 • Manassas, VA 22192

Benefits of Cross Training            Lots of people have a favorite type of exercise or a favorite cardio machine they use at the gym. While it is great that they enjoy exercising, there are many benefits to switching up your routine and cross training- varying your fitness program by combining different types of exercise activity. First off, it decreases your risk of injury; by doing the same exercise all the time, your body becomes vulnerable to overuse injuries, which are especially common in avid runners. However if you do develop an overuse injury, cross training can help you rehabilitate. By switching the exercise you do, your body will have to focus more on different joints and muscle groups, and if you pick the correct exercises, it will allow your injuries to rest while still staying in shape. If you are a performance athlete, cross training can actually help improve your performance in your sport; by challenging your body and cardiovascular system in different ways, it forces your body to adapt and improve. Also, cross training can serve as active recovery periods for elite athletes. Rest and recovery time are essential for all exercisers, but by cross training you can make those recovery periods active. For example, if you are an avid marathon runner, on your rest and recovery days you can try light biking or a brisk walk to stay active. Cross training can also help to keep you motivated. It breaks up the monotony of doing the same exercise all the time, making you more likely to stick to a fitness program and maintain an active lifestyle.Works CitCross Training

Fitzgerald, Matt. “Eight Benefits of Cross-Training.” Runner’s World. 22 Nov. 2004. Web. 14 May 2013.Lots of people have a favorite type of exercise or a favorite cardio machine they use at the gym. While it is great that they enjoy exercising, there are many benefits to switching up your routine and cross training- varying your fitness program by combining different types of exercise activity. First off, it decreases your risk of injury; by doing the same exercise all the time, your body becomes vulnerable to overuse injuries, which are especially common in avid runners. However if you do develop an overuse injury, cross training can help you rehabilitate. By switching the exercise you do, your body will have to focus more on different joints and muscle groups, and if you pick the correct exercises, it will allow your injuries to rest while still staying in shape. If you are a performance athlete, cross training can actually help improve your performance in your sport; by challenging your body and cardiovascular system in different ways, it forces your body to adapt and improve. Also, cross training can serve as active recovery periods for elite athletes. Rest and recovery time are essential for all exercisers, but by cross training you can make those recovery periods active. For example, if you are an avid marathon runner, on your rest and recovery days you can try light biking or a brisk walk to stay active. Cross training can also help to keep you motivated. It breaks up the monotony of doing the same exercise all the time, making you more likely to stick to a fitness program and maintain an active lifestyle.

References

“Cross Training.” American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Oct. 2011. Web. 14 May 2013.Fitzgerald, Matt. “Eight Benefits of Cross-Training.” Runner’s World. 22 Nov. 2004. Web. 14 May 2013.