The Benefits of Cross-Training & Why Change Is Good For You

Have you ever hear the phrases “change is good”, “get out of your comfort zone”, or “challenge yourself to do something different”?  If you have you are not alone.  As repetitive and sometimes cliché as these sound, there is an aspect of truth behind them.  There is importance in changing and varying your workout routines.  To target different muscles, avoid becoming bored, and to reach personal goals it is important to have variety in your workout routine.  If you are someone that loves running and other cardio intense activities you should also spend some time focusing on strength training and flexibility. Find a gym where you can use some free weights or a group class that incorporates body weight and muscle building exercises.  If you are a yoga master you don’t want to forget about strengthening your most important muscle, the heart. Find a mountain to hike, a trail to run or a bike to ride.

Switching up your routine doesn’t only alleviate potential boredom.  There is the added benefit that cross-training is good for you, too! Here is a quick overview of thee primary exercise options and their benefits: Yoga, Cardio, and Strength Training.

YOGA: it is important to incorporate yoga into your work out routine for strength and flexibility.  Having a consistent yoga practice will lengthen and tone giving you long and lean muscles.  Overtime you will gain more flexibility, which will help prevent muscle injuries.

CARDIO: This includes running, spinning, and general cardio classes.  Your heart is one of if not the most important muscle in your body, pumping blood and oxygen. In order to strengthen your heart, you need to do cardiovascular intense work outs, ones that spike your heart rate and your breathing.  These types of workouts also speed up your metabolism, and keep it running throughout your day.

STRENGTH TRAINING:  Whether you are a gym rat and hit those barbells or prefer a group class that ties in strength training, it is important to work on building muscle.  Building muscle uses energy that your body would otherwise turn into fat.

The Benefits of Cross-Training & Why Change Is Good For You

By Alex Curtis, BurnThis Ambassador, Yoga Instructor, & Wellness Blogger