The term cross training refers to an exercise routine involving several different forms of exercise. For most people cross training will help them reach and or maintain a high level of overall fitness. It’s a great way to condition different muscle groups and develop a new set of skills.
After months of the same exercise not only does the same old workout routine become boring but your body becomes extremely efficient in adapting to these movements. It automatically fires up the right amount of energy, muscles and fibers so that the exercise becomes or seems easy. That’s a great accomplishment for you but it limits the amount of the overall challenge you’re actually getting. So instead of continuing to improve your fitness, you’re simply maintaining.
Cross training keeps it interesting and engages different muscles all the time. This builds overall muscle strength and reduces the chance of injury from repetitive strain or overuse.
The benefits to cross training are countless…from conditioning the entire body and not just specific muscle groups, to improving your skill, agility and balance. Try a new class or form of exercise this week. Mix and match your sports and change your routine on a regular basis.
If you want to see an improvement in your cardio, stronger bones, muscles and joints, reduced body fat and improved flexibility, better balance and coordination, get started on a cross training exercise routine today!