One of the best ways to keep your workouts fresh and interesting, prevent injury and relieve potential boredom is to exercise using cross training in your regimen. Cross training can be defined as having many different modes of exercise included as part of your workouts. For example, using biking and running as ways to do cardio, rather than focus on just one or the other. Or using machines one day for strength training, then using a body bar the next time for the entire workout, never touching a machine. There are endless possiblities, all serving to make workouts more of what they really should be: something a person should do for a lifetime. Your online personal trainer can help you develop fitness routines that make you want to stick with it and get the results you desire.
Cross training became popularized back in the mid 80’s during Nike’s Just Do It campaign. They had commercials featuring people utilizing all sorts of different things for their workouts, from the swimming, biking and running of a triathlete, to the heavy duty gym/pool/track rehabilitation training that famous multi sport athlete Bo Jackson used after his hip surgery. The commercials really served to help change a common paradigm that existed about fitness at the time: that doing exercise meant running. In the late 80’s, personal trainers everywhere heard the same thing when new members came to them after joining their gym, “I don’t like running.” It was up to the personal trainer to show them that there were many available that they could do instead. The Just Do It ads shifted that thinking for the general public. People in general realized that they could do any number of things and get in shape, and it didn’t have to include the one thing most people seemed to dread at the time , which was running. In addition, weight training for women finally became accepted as the norm.
One of the most significant benefits of cross training is the prevention of injury from overtraining due to the overuse of one kind of exercise. It is our belief here at LiveLeanToday.com that the human body is really designed to move in multiple directions and do multiple things, not just say, put in miles on a treadmill. When only one kind of exercise is performed, like just running or walking for example, the only muscles that get used by the body are the ones that are performing that specific exercise. Those muscles get overdeveloped relative to the rest of the body, while other muscles get progressively weaker by comparison, and potential injury can result. By cross training and using a different kind of exercise mode that compliments the treadmill, like cycling, cardiovascular fitness can still be developed while the muscles that are used by running get a break from that repetitive motion. Even if your goal is simple weight control, combining cross training with healthy eating plans is still the perfect way to go to have the greates chance of success.