It’s a good idea to mix up your fitness routine with cross training that includes a mix of aerobics, strength training and stretching. Varying your workouts is a great way to use different muscle groups, resulting in a higher level of fitness. There are a wide variety of workouts to choose from and you can pick what works best for you.
You might want to strength train two or three days a week and on the other days do some swimming, walking or yoga.
You can also mix up exercise within one workout. For example if you have 30 minutes to work out, spend 10 minutes on weights, 10 on jogging and 10 on yoga. You do want to be careful not to overwork your muscles though.
For instance if you have spent 10 minutes squatting with weights and then you spend your 10 minutes of yoga doing chair poses, chances are your muscles are being overworked. On the other hand if you spend 10 minutes doing squats with weights and 10 minutes of restorative yoga then you will actually be assisting your body in the muscle recover process.
For maximum cardiovascular health, it’s recommended to include 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise such as walking on most days of the week, two days of strength training and some form of flexibility exercise every day. Simple things like parking far away from your destination and choosing to take the stairs will help to boost your cardio as well.
One of the best things about cross training is that you can do it just about anywhere. Whether you are at a hotel, on the beach, at home, or at the gym, there is always a way to cross train. It’s also a great way to get outside. If you’re new to an exercise program, remember to start slowly with low impact exercises and use light weights for toning. You can easily build up as you feel ready for it.
Don’t allow yourself to become stuck in a rut. Switch your routines out every week or so. If you don’t confuse your body, there is a chance that your body will becomes used to your exercises, causing you to plateau. Cross training is a great way to keep your body guessing.
Anyone can crosstrain, no matter what their age or fitness level. It can improve conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoperosis, high blood pressure and heart disease. You’ll want to check with your doctor first. If you don’t know how or where to start, consult with a fitness trainer.
If you’re disabled, you can still find activities that will work for you because there is such a wide variety of exercises to choose from. If you have access to a gym with a pool, take advantage of water-based fitness classes.