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The Benefits Of Cross Training

An exercise regimen that uses several different types of training activities is called a cross training program. We explain this approach to exercise and explore its benefits.

Time is precious. Many of us value fitness, but we want to make our exercise time as efficient as possible. Enter cross training. This approach to exercise is based on the idea of varying exercise activity from session to session. During one session, the concentration may be on resistance training. Another session may be all about Pilates, and a third might involve running or cycling. Some people alternate between activities, running one day and biking the next. Others alternate activities within a single workout. They might use a treadmill for ten minutes, move to an elliptical trainer for ten minutes, and then cycle for ten minutes in a single session.

The benefits of cross training support athletes and individuals who are simply committed to a fitness program:

Sold? It’s easy to incorporate cross training into your exercise program by simply alternating between activities. Run on one day, cycle the next, and hit the elliptical trainer on the third day. Look at you! You’ve just updated your exercise program in a healthy and challenging way.

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