Why Cross training is so important for runner?
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The Benefits of Cross-Training for Runners
Cross-training for a runner, is any exercise other than running. All runners whether a beginner, or an experienced marathoner, you will benefit from cross-training. Here are several reasons why runners should cross-train:
It helps balance your muscle groups. Cross training helps strengthen your non-running muscles and rests your running muscles. You can focus on specific muscles, such as your inner thighs, that do not get worked as much while running and may be weaker than your running muscles. Cross training can also improve your efficiency with balanced strength and all muscles are activated and ready to work.
You will maintain or even improve your cardiovascular fitness. Many cross-training activities are great cardiovascular workouts, so they build on with similar benefits of running. Cross training works also all of your energy systems, pushing and building your speed.
Reduces injuries. By balancing your weaker muscles with your stronger ones, you will help reduce your chance of injury. Participating in low-impact cross training activities, such as swimming or water running, will also lessen the stress on your joints. Over development in muscles without strength in the antagonist muscle to balance it can increase injury risk over time. Changing direction suddenly after running for hours in a straight line can cause injury without a balance of muscles.
Avoid getting bored with running. Running day after day will eventually burn out even the hard-core running enthusiast. It does get monotonous, by cross training it will still improve your fitness but also add variety. Instead of just running hills do some squats and lunges to gain leg strength.
You can continue to train with certain injuries, while giving them proper time to heal. When an injury does occur, take some time off running, alternatively it will get worse and will eventually force you to take extended time off. Often you can still cross train and do exercises that do not affect the injury, allowing you to maintain fitness.