When you’re drawing up your diet and exercise plan, you may be planning to come up with a set of exercises that you do every single day, either at home or the gym. You might be surprised to learn, however, that this can be a rather limiting plan. When you work out the same way every day, there are always muscle groups that end up neglected and weaker than others. This is why cross training was created.
- Variety of exercises
Cross training is made up of many different types of exercise and is designed to ensure that all of your muscle groups are exercised fully. There are numerous exercises that are part of cross-training, including cardiovascular exercise (jump roping, basketball, swimming, cycle, stair climbing), flexibility exercises (yoga), sprints and skill conditioning exercises, speed and agility drills, and strength training (weight lifting, and machine weights).
- Various benefits
There are many benefits to cross-training. Not only does it work out the entire body, but it reduces injury rates, improves balance and agility, increases flexibility, and alleviates boredom.
- Doesn’t include monotonous exercises
The goal of cross-training is to do something different every day or even to do an exercise from two different groups every day. It is important not to fall into a routine when cross training, as it is the variety of exercises that offer so much benefit to the body.
Cross training is a total body workout, and when you create a regimen that keeps you moving at a different pace and working out different muscles every day, you ensure that you get your body into the best physical condition possible.