Cross Training for Runners Done Right

cyclingIf you are finding that you have reached a plateau in your running as the summer slowly turns to fall, it might be time to give cross training a try. Cross training is defined as training in a sport other than the one you compete in with a goal of improving overall performance. Cross training aims to eliminate muscular imbalances that are created by repeatedly working the same muscle group. These imbalances are what can lead to overuse injuries. It is also a great tool to ward off burn out and boredom. Given the tremendous benefits, it can be very overwhelming when faced with what to do.

There are so many different activities that are not only fun but can efficiently work other neglected muscle groups and in turn improve your overall running performance.

Swimming for example is a great low impact, cardio exercise that is perfect for a recovery day. There are many different ways that you can spice up your time in the pool; like using a pull buoy between your legs and just working on your arms or by holding a flutter board in your hands you can focus on just working your legs. When doing laps, you can do speed intervals with a 15 – 30 second rest between. You can also incorporate different strokes into your routine like freestyle, breast stroke and back stroke. Aqua jogging is another excellent way to maintain your cardio fitness while taking it easier on your joints. Learn more about aqua-jogging! Continue reading “Cross Training for Runners Done Right”

Water Running a.k.a. Aqua Jogging

Nearly all runners, recreational and competitive, experience the occasional (or frequent) injury. From stress injuries to muscle strains, pulls and tightness, runners are forced to deal with a wide array of setbacks. In the event of an injury, many runners try water running as a form of alternative exercise because, in comparison with running on land, it reduces musculoskeletal stress, sustains cardiovascular fitness, and helps to maintain muscular strength.

In order to start water running, all that is needed is a six foot deep (approximately) body of water and a water running belt to aid the body in flotation. Although some athletes prefer not to use a flotation belt, it is recommended that beginners use the additional flotation to help master the form before they have to support their entire body in the water. Continue reading “Water Running a.k.a. Aqua Jogging”