For the past couple of months you’ve probably been bombarded with emails and articles on how High Intensity Training is the “in thing” and that you should do it to get great results.
Although this is true, it shouldn’t mean that you neglect other training methods altogether.
Cross Training is a great way to train if you want to keep your workouts fresh and add more exercise into your lifestyle. Being able to cross train will give you the freedom you need to workout out hard each day, without ever over training or injuring your muscles.
How is this possible?
Well…because you’ll be doing something different everyday your muscles will have a chance to rest while you focus on working a different part of your body.
For example lets say you went for a run on Monday. Obviously running is mainly lower body so you wouldn’t want to cycle on Tuesday. On Tuesday you can go for a swim, using your upper body and giving your lower body a rest from the running.
You see how this works? You can alternate focusing on lower body or upper body on different days of the week.
Another benefit of Cross Training is that you can add any activity into the mix. If you like roller blading, you can take a day to roller blade, if you like weight training you can take a day to weight train, mountain biking, golfing, skiing in the winter, skating…It’s friggin’ endless!
There are so many activities that you can cross train with, it hurts my mind just thinking about them.
The point is with cross training you can try more than one “mode” of exercise to work some muscles and give others a rest. It’s a great way to get your daily fix of exercise, burn some extra calories, and increase your fitness level in a short amount of time. Give it a shot… you never what activity you might end up liking.