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Get it Up - Your Heart Rate, That is: Cross Training

One of the best ways to get the most out of your workout (and to beat boredom and prevent over-use injuries) is by cross training. This means you use a variety of different methods to get your heart rate up in one session.

Try this:

Warm-up -- 5 minutes
Bike to your local park -- 15 minutes
Run -- 20 minutes
Bike back home -- 15 minutes
Cool-down -- 5 minutes

This way, 60 minutes have gone by before you know it. Don't own a bike or have a park that's within biking distance? You can achieve the same idea at the gym by using the stationary bike and the treadmill.

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SU3 SU3 8 years
Great idea!
joyofadventure joyofadventure 8 years
this is actually a perfect idea because there is a park close to my house
ponneke ponneke 8 years
I hate running, never liked it. I prefer biking 30 miles over a three mile run. "There's a difference between staying alive and living."
lilren lilren 8 years
I've never been a fan of biking and it doesn't give you the same workout as running. For low-impact, swimming beats it by far.
doubleuendy doubleuendy 8 years
definately into biking. running has been hurting my knees so biking gives me a good alternative.
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
I love cross training. Some days I'll do the treadmill and elliptical, or run on the treadmill then before cooling down walk fast on a really high incline, then slowly come down.
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