Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Seattle, Washington
Search
Health Information
Overview Health Conditions and Concerns Conditions A-M Conditions N-Z Healthy Lifestyle Tips Bastyr Health-E News News and Events Recommended Reading List Recipes National and Community Resources
Schedule an appointment today
Sports Health | Cross Training: Variety Is the Spice of Life

Cross Training: Variety Is the Spice of Life

Whether you’re training for a marathon or aiming to maintain your present fitness level, you’ll reap the benefits of cross training—total body fitness, reduced risk of injury, and an added psychological boost.

Q. What is cross training?

A. Cross training is the answer to any exercise rut. Simply combine the trio of fitness staples—aerobics, strength training, and flexibility—to your weekly workouts and you will be cross training. Aerobics is any sport or activity that raises and sustains your heart rate. Think running, swimming, cross-country skiing, and bicycling. Strength training increases muscle endurance and power, which can be achieved through weight lifting, isometrics, push-ups, and pull-ups. Flexibility creates muscle suppleness and expands your range of motion. To gain flexibility, try yoga, dance, and simple stretching.

Q. Why should I cross train?

A. Benefits abound if you leave your mono-fitness routine behind. Relief from boredom is a major psychological benefit that will keep you motivated and committed to your fitness regimen. Variety in your exercise choices yields significant physiological benefits as well. By using different muscle groups, your muscles adapt more easily to new activities. In addition, alternating muscle groups helps you avoid overuse injuries. Good cross training leaves no muscle group behind.

Q. How do I cross train?

A. It’s easy. Make a list of all the aerobic, strength training, and flexibility activities you enjoy and alternate these activities throughout the course of each week. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of physical exertion three times per week. Try out new muscle groups you haven’t been in touch with for a while, and experiment with new sports or forms of movement.

Here’s what your week might look like:

  • Aerobics three times a week. Try swimming, biking, hiking, inline skating, or kayaking. Take up a team sport such as soccer or basketball or sign up for a tennis lesson or another racket sport.

  • Weight training two times a week. Seek guidance from a personal trainer prior to beginning a weight-lifting program.

  • Yoga class two times a week or 10 to 15 minutes of daily stretching. Dance or Pilates classes efficiently combine flexibility with strength training as well.

  • Don’t forget to rest. Set aside at least one day a week for minimal physical activity.

The key is variety. Each week, commit yourself to mixing up your routine. Your body and mind will thank you.

January 14, 2010

Copyright © 2010 Aisle7. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of the Aisle7 content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Aisle7. Healthnotes Newswire is for educational or informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or provide treatment for any condition. If you have any concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional. Aisle7 shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. Aisle7 and the Aisle7 logo are registered trademarks of Aisle7.

Learn More About It

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

Find a Provider

Want to find the provider that's right for you? Learn more about our health care providers.  »



Bastyr Center Disclaimer
gif
gif

The health information contained in this site is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered a substitute for appropriate medical care. Any products mentioned in studies cited in Healthnotes articles are not necessarily endorsed by Bastyr. As with any product, consult with a natural health practitioner to discuss what may be best for you.

gif

Appointments: 206.834.4100
Bastyr Center clinic appointments

Submit a contact request or call us to schedule an appointment »

Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego

Are you looking for Bastyr University Clinic, our new teaching clinic in San Diego? More »

Learn More About Our Services

Natural medicine can treat many types of conditions including:

More treatable health conditions »


Bastyr Center healthcare providers

Interested in finding a provider who's right for you? We recommend that your first visit at BCNH be with a Naturopathic Medicine Provider. »

Home  | Health Information  | Health Care Services  | Our Providers  | Patient Care  | Dispensaries

About BCNH  | Contact Us  | Appointments  | Privacy Policy  | Site Map | Bastyr University