Cross-training is any sport or exercise that supplements your main sport, in this case, RUNNING. Whether you are a beginner or an experience marathoner, you can benefit from cross training,
Benefit of Cross-Training
- Helps to maintain or even improve your cardiovascular fitness. Many cross-training activities are great cardiovascular workouts, so they build on the benefit of running,
- Allows you to continue to train with certain injuries, while giving your injury enough time to heal. Runners suffering from injuries are sometime advise by Doctor to take a break from running to allow injuries to recover. However with certain injuries, it is possible to continue with cross-training. Cross-Training can help injured runners maintain their fitness and deal better with the frustration of being sidelined from running.
- It reduces the chance of injury. By balancing your weaker muscle with your stronger ones, you will help reduce your chance of injuries. Participating in low-impact cross-training activities such as swimming or water running, will also lessen the stress on your joints, which are often a weak sore spot for runners.
- It helps balance your muscle group. Cross training helps strengthen your non-running muscles and rest your running muscles. You can focus in specific muscles, such as your inner tights, that don’t usually get worked as much as much while running and may be weaker than your running muscles.
- You’ll avoid getting bored with running. Cross-training gives runners a much needed mental break from their sport, which is especially important for those training for long distane events such as marathons
Some example of cross training are
- Sports Climbing
- Spinning / Cycling
- Weights Training
- Crossfit workout