It has come to my attention that many of us do not cross train, or maybe do not completely understand what it means. What is Cross Training and is it important? Cross Training is defined as ‘an exercise regimen that uses several modes of training to develop a specific component of fitness.’
Cross Training is for anyone, whether you are a beginner or an experienced exerciser looking to take your workout to the next level. Any well developed exercise program will add some cross training. This means adding a wide variety of activity choices so you can pick what works for you.
One of the most common mistakes people make is repeating the same routine week after week. Cross training helps to keep your body guessing, which in turn ramps up the benefits of exercise and helps to improve your fitness level. When you do the same things repeatedly you also risk injury. Cross training helps to prevent over stressing the body, causing further injury.
Cross Training could include activities that develop muscular fitness as well as aerobic conditioning. It will help control body weight and improve your regular workouts. For example, runners who only ever run will see significant improvement in their normal running routine after beginning a cross training element. This could be anything from strength training to yoga. Another example is someone who is a beginner and has only been doing cardio workouts now adds strength training and suddenly feels stronger and sees more weight drop.
Sometime I call it ‘Shocking your system.’ You may even hear me say its ‘Your mind talking to your body.’ What I mean is, stepping out of your comfort zone, doing something different then your usual routine will help jumpstart your system again, improve your stamina, help avoid injury, (not to mention boredom) and create a stronger healthier you! So, get out there this week and try something new. Take a yoga class instead of your usual HIIT class. Go to Zumba instead of your run. Meet with a trainer and set up a strength training program. What ever it is, get out there and do some cross training. You wont regret it.