Is it bad that I get annoyed with people who don’t cross-train? (One of my many, many pet peeves, trust me.)
I love cross-training. And from a physiological perspective, cross-training is so important.
A lot of runners, like real runners (I don’t consider myself a real runner, I don’t know why) find that they have better, faster, and longer runs when they run 4x’s or less during a week. So what does that tell you?
Your body gets tired. Your legs get tired. Sometimes, less is more.
Cross training is not only important for overall health, but will actually allow you to improve in your “sport” (i.e. running faster, longer, etc.)
Cross training helps prevent injuries by correcting muscle imbalances.
It helps prevent burn out, and it helps maintain cardiovascular fitness while reducing your risks of injuries by preventing overuse.
Win, win, and win situation.
If your only form of exercise is running, you’re only exercising those muscles and joints that you use to run (duh). Your body will eventually adjust to the stresses of running, and you will no longer burn as many calories as your body used to when you first started running.
Cross training prevents your body from adjusting, which is GOOD!
By correcting muscle imbalances, your body reduces it’s risk of injury.
Think about it: the repetitive motion of any exercise over and and over and over again is going to fatigue your body in a negative way. I know from experience that running too much will burn you out, and once I got my butt on an elliptical, I was thrilled to drip sweat and not have to run.
However, the reverse is also true: there was once a time when I used to do the elliptical almost every day for 1+hours, and it became ridiculously easy for me. And then I got bored. And then I vowed to never step foot on an elliptical again. And then that all changed when I was running so much these past few months and I couldn’t wait to get back on the elliptical to workout and not have to run. Not only was I doing myself a mental favor, but I was doing my body a favor too by working out other muscles and giving my primary running muscles a break! That way, the next time I hit the pavement, my legs were rested and refreshed, but I didn’t have to skip out on a workout the day before in order to rest my legs, I just had to CROSS TRAIN.
I hate it when people don’t cross train or aren’t aware of the importance of cross training. Just like when people don’t lift weights (which, by the way, is a form of cross training!) Do yourself a favor and cross train 1-2x’s a week and do your body some good.
And for your viewing pleasure: Bowzer! I really, truly hope that I love my first child as much as I love this dog.