- I don't have time.
- I'm too sore from running.
- What could possibly be beneficial from this?
So, I promised myself that after marathon season I would make an effort to strength train and to engage in some other form of cardiovascular exercise such as cycling, yoga, boot camp, etc. Yesterday was my first official strength training session and oh my gosh I am sore today! That's ok because I actually like the feeling of being sore (is that weird?). I did a total body workout that included:
- Dumbbell squats 3x20
- Lat pull-downs 3x20
- Lunges 3x10 (each leg)
- Bicep curls 3x20
- Dumbbell bench press 3x20
- Quad leg extensions 3x20
There are a number of reasons to cross-train whether you're a runner, cyclist, swimmer, triathlete, etc. For example, according to Runner's World there are 8 beneficial reasons to do it:
- Injury prevention: It reduces the strenuous impact on the same muscles.
- Rehab if you're injured: You won't lose fitness because you'll be doing another form of exercise.
- Greater running fitness: You could run faster because you're working out other muscles and you gain strength and power.
- Active recovery: It's a good way to recover from running without ceasing all forms of physical activity.
- More motivation: Cross-training may motivate you to run more because you avoid the boredom of solely running.
- Less stress: Cross-training may rejuvenate your body and mind by allowing you to take a break from the hard training you engaged in the running season.
- Enjoying other activities: This will introduce you to other sports and physical activities.
- (For women) Fit-pregnancy: If you're pregnant, it will make you feel healthier and it will aid in labor.
What do you do for cross-training?