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What is Cross-Training?
To cross-train means to engage in two or more types of exercise, either in one single fitness workout or in successive workouts. For instance, you might go jogging one day, and swim laps the next. Cross-training is more beneficial than conventional single-exercise workouts, because it (1) Distributes the training load across a wider range of muscles; (2) Increases all-over body fitness; (3) Reduces the risk of muscle/joint strain and injury; (4) Maintains interest and motivation in your plans to improve fitness.
Cross Training for Safer Cardio-Aerobic Fitness
Cross-training is particularly beneficial for cardio endurance. Several popular cardio-aerobic workouts - like jogging, running and stepping as well as sports like tennis, squash and basketball - are lower-body weight-bearing activities, which carry an increased risk of pulled muscles or strained joints like knees and ankles. By cross-training - ie. mixing these higher intensity weight-bearing aerobic activities with non-weight-bearing aerobics like swimming, cycling and rowing - you can improve your cardio fitness level with less risk of injury and boredom.
Cross Training: Aerobics and Resistance Workouts
Even better for total body fitness, as well as fat-burning and weight control, is cross-training that involves combining aerobics with strength/weight-training. Treadmill jogging, followed by rowing-machine exercise, followed by biceps-curls using hand-weights, helps to strengthen a wide range of different muscle groups for better all round fitness.
Cross Training and Circuit-Training
The ultimate form of crosstraining is circuit-training, during which you perform a sequence of short exercises, interspersed by rests, that strengthen and tone a complete variety of muscles. This type of workout is widely recommended for people who get bored with repetitive fitness routines.
Cross Training Improves All Fitness Components
Physical fitness involves 4 elements: cardio-endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance and body flexibility. Crosstraining, and especially circuit-training, is beneficial for all these fitness components. One reason why circuit-training typically features in the exercise programs of all professional athletes.
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