Maybe you love to swim but hate lifting weights, or maybe you'd never step foot in one of your gym's fitness classes because you'd rather be on the treadmill. We all have our favorite ways to exercise, but sticking to the same workout can lead to unwanted consequences, especially overuse injuries. Here are four reasons to cross train and what type of cross training you should be doing.
- You'll learn a new skill: You'll never know how good you are at something else until you try it out. You may find that you're a fan of Zumba or finally understand why everyone loves yoga once you expand your horizons.
- You'll beat boredom: As much as you love your sport of choice, workouts can get tedious if you rarely do anything else. Instead of sticking to your normal five-days-a-week run, add a few strength-training or stretching moves to keep your workout routine full of variety.
- You'll balance out your body: One of the most important reasons to vary your workouts is to ensure that you give all your muscles the attention they need so that your body stays balanced. An overdeveloped set of muscles can lead to injury since the stronger parts of your body will be overcompensating for the weaker parts.
- You'll have more endurance and speed: Making your body stronger overall is a good way to ensure that you'll perform better at your first exercise love. Not only will your body be balanced, but you'll be strengthening your muscles overall as well.
Ready to add some variety to your workout? Read on for some cross-training ideas for runners, swimmers, and cyclists.
- If you're a regular cyclist or swimmer, here are three ways to cross train when you're not on the bike or in the pool. These workouts will strengthen your hip stabilizer muscles as well as stretch out any tight muscles.
- Yoga's another great exercise for cardio junkies. Here are six yoga poses every runner should do.
- Pilates strengthens your muscles while also increasing flexibility, and not only that, it helps you develop that all-important core. Check out more reasons to cross train with Pilates here.