Are you a runner? And want to become a better runner? Then the only option is to visualize your goal is to Run! Run! Run! But running leads you to become injured, over burnouts and imbalanced muscular. At such a case, what’s the solution to overcome these issues? The one and the only way are cross training.
Of course apart from practicing running, you have to do cross training exercises to get rid of injuries and other side effects.
Cross-training exercises for runners:
Cross training is the kind of exercises which is as well as in the part of every fitness training plan. Because, as I already said that, it assists you to prevent the risk of getting injuries and also to achieve a result in the targeted place. Do you know!! There are two types of cross training exercises for runners.
Types of cross training:
- Cross-training exercises to complement running
- Cross-training exercises to enhance running
Cross-training exercises to complement running:
Complement running exercises helps you to use muscles that are not involved in your running. Apart from this, cross training also uses the main muscles of running in various methods to enhance them. Several complementary exercises are there in cross training and among all choose few and perform twice a week.
This will result in balanced muscular and strengthen muscles so that you can able to reduce the side effects. Below I give you the cross-training movements that helps you to complement your running to become a better runner.
Swimming targets all muscular groups such as glutes, abs, and hamstrings, upper and lower body. Moreover, swimming is best for the runner who suffering from injuries and offers more and more benefits.
Cycling is a kind of low-impact movement available at the gym and as well as you can purchase it for your home too. However, there is a restriction to do cycling that is, don’t perform it after running on the same day.
Apart from these two, there are more activities in cross training:
- Indoor rowing
- Stair climbing
Cross-training exercises to enhance running:
In this type, you will get the same benefit that getting through running, but it doesn’t produce high impacts on your joints. At the same time, as like as exercises to complement running, it’s also better to cure injuries. And, it mainly targets your muscular, joints and tissues.
Perform running or walking on elliptical trainer helps you to enhance core and muscles and it also a low impact exercise.
Deep water running:
A name implies that you have to run in deep water, but a runner who has a healthy life should feel some boring. However, don’t do it during the cold climate season days.
Apart from these two, there are more activities in cross-training.