5 Tips For Cross-Training Success

Cross-training is an excellent way to stay in shape and improve overall athletic performance. Gym-goers can avoid boredom through this form of exercise with less risk of injury. By participating in different workouts on a regular basis you are utilizing different muscle groups for each workout. Below are 5 tips to help get you started!

1. DETERMINE YOUR FITNESS GOALS

If you have specific fitness goals that you wish to accomplish you will want make sure you select the right workouts that can help you achieve those goals.  For example if you wish to increase flexibility incorporating Yoga and Pilates would be essential to your workout program.  

2. AN EXCELLENT OPTION FOR RUNNERS

There are several cross-training activities that compliment running. These workouts engage muscles that you may never use while running. Performing these forms of fitness will allow you to gain greater muscle strength and balance at the same time.  Try adding swimming for it’s low impact and aerobic fitness benefits.  Other workouts to consider include cycling and indoor-rowing.

3. REDUCE RISK OF INJURY

When performing the same workout without variation you increase the risk of injury due to overusage of the same muscle groups. By introducing different types of workouts into your regular fitness regime you avoid placing too much stress on one set of joints or ligaments within the body.

4. KEEPS EXERCISE FUN

Cross-training is the perfect option for keeping your workout routine from turning stale.  If you get bored easily having a cross-training program as part of your weekly regime will keep you focused and committed to staying fit.

5. INVEST IN THE RIGHT ATHLETIC APPAREL

Purchasing items that can be worn for a number of different workouts is important. From sports bras to sneakers you want to invest in universal pieces that can provide adequate support for each activity.

Nadia Murdock is a nationally recognized fitness coach, published author and regular on-air fitness expert as seen on E! News, Fox, Today.com, Queen Latifah and Life & Style just to name a few. She is living proof that her “train your mind, change your body” method works.  After changing her own life via her own weight loss journey to a healthier lifestyle she became dedicated to sharing that power with others through her company Nadia Murdock Fit Nadia has a B.A. in Psychology and taps into the strength and power of the mind when advising others in achieving their fitness goals. She also enjoys all forms of fitness from Kickboxing to Zumba and never goes a day without breaking a sweat.

5 Tips For Cross-Training Success

By Nadia Murdock, Fitness Coach, Author, & On-Air Fitness Expert