Why should you cross train and why is it good for you? Running is, arguably, the fastest way to get fit. Running helps build lung capacity, a stronger heart, aids in weight loss, and who doesn’t want great legs?!? But with all of those benefits, you should still add some other training to your weekly schedule. The biggest benefit of cross training is that it can aid in injury prevention by helping correct muscle imbalances. If you are only running, you will probably start noticing overuse injuries. Incorporating some form of cross training into your weekly workout will help build strength and flexibility in muscles that running typically doesn’t utilize.
One cross training option is a cardio workout that is similar in style and benefits to running. These are lower impact options like the elliptical trainer, swimming, or water running. Participating in these low impact cardio activities can help reduce the stress to the joints that running applies while still allowing you to get a workout in and maintain your fitness level. Switching up the workout every now and then will also help to prevent burnout.
Below are some good cross training options:
Be sure to carve out two days per week for cross training activities. Do something that you enjoy, or have not tried before. There is a good chance, that just as you now like running, you will like these activities too.