- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Benefits of Cross Training
Cross training is one of the best ways to train your body. You will see more results when you use this method of training.
Cross training is when you apply several different types of exercise to your routine. For instance, one day you could run, the next day swim, and then the following day you could do a bike ride. Then you could rotate these three activities in your exercise program.
Tri-athletes do cross training. They run, bike, and swim their way to fitness. They are the epitome of cross trainers.
What are the benefits to cross training? Well first and foremost, cross training will help to prevent injury. When people do the same thing over and over, there is a tendency to over work certain muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in the same way that could cause an injury to happen.
Cross training allows the body to use these muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, in different ways, so there will be a variety of motion in your activity. This way you will not abuse just one type of movement that could lead to injury.
Cross training also reduces boredom when it comes to exercise. We all get bored doing the same thing over and over again. When you cross train you add in several different exercises to keep you motivated and interested. Your mind won't be bored and neither will your body.
Strength training is also important for cross training. Using a variety of exercises to improve muscle strength is also helpful to reduce the possibility of injury and boredom. Using free weights, bands, exercise balls, and isometric exercises are good for a cross training, strength training program.
If you do cardio six days a week, strength training at least three days a week, and stretch everyday, you will be able to get into the best shape of your life. Coupled with a healthy diet, can you imagine how good you will feel?
Not only will you be physically strong, you will be mentally strong. This kind of commitment will require a lot of discipline, but the rewards will be worth it.
Create a cross training program for yourself to get fit. It could go something like this;
Monday: Run 60 minutes, ball exercises, and stretch.
Tuesday: Walk 60 minutes, dumbbell workout, and stretch.
Wednesday: Bike 60 minutes, plank, push-ups, lunges, and triceps dips, and stretch.
Thursday: Walk 60 minutes, and stretch.
Friday: Run / walk 60 minutes, plank, and stretch.
Saturday: Bike 60 minutes, ball exercises, and stretch.
Sunday: A day of rest!
That is just one example. You can make it however you wanted. You might add in swimming, jump roping, gym cardio machines, or any kind of cardiovascular exercise. It will keep your mind and body happy to cross train.
So that is why cross training is beneficial for you. Give it a try....it will work!