While I was just about solely focused on running up until earlier this year, I FINALLY realized the importance of cross-training to my training plan. I have had a lot of success thanks to adding several cross-training days into my routine each week and something that I contribute successful races and PRs to this Spring.
The team over at Cigna provided me with recently shared some great tips and one of the topics that I wanted to share with you is "Is There More to Running Than Just Running?". No matter if you are wrapping up your Disneyland Half Marathon or have your eyes set on a different goal, cross-training can be a valuable asset to your training plan.
Briane Agostinelli, BS, CEP, CWP, CPPC
Health Advocate, Consumer Health Engagement
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist I NWI Certified Wellness Practitioner
The answer is cross-training. It’s a phrase that gets used a lot, but what does it mean?
Cross-training mixes several forms of exercise, including aerobics, and strength and flexibility training. Exercises are done at different levels of intensity to maintain a high level of fitness. By varying the stress placed on specific muscles, you can enhance performance and reduce your risk for injuries.
- Improved skills, agility, speed and balance
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Greater aerobic fitness by including nonimpact aerobic exercise in your routine to develop other muscles without increasing your risk for injury
- Injury prevention
- Runner’s injuries are frequently caused by instability or inadequate strength. With strength training and stretching, these injuries may be greatly reduced.
- Variety and flexibility to your routine
- Reducing boredom, burnout, and if there is a change in plans you and your workout can adjust
Watson, S, Cross Training, WebMD, July 21, 2014, http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/a-z/cross-training
Creating a Personalized Fitness Program, WebMD. Public Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/creating-personalized-fitness-program?page=3