Cross-training breaks up the monotony of your running schedule for both your brain and your body. This summer, incorporate some activities that will enhance your running game and still feel like vacation fun!
Experts agree: there is no better cross-training workout for a runner than getting on a bike. Besides its physical compatibility with running, cycling is also one of those activities that can be done almost anywhere. So, when you’re on vacation, see the sights and glean the benefits of the bike at the same time!
It’s another classic cross-training activity for a reason! Keep cool in the pool as you aqua-jog next to your splashing kids or practice your frog-kick form. Either way, you’re boosting your runner body’s potential!
For those who neglect to stretch and for some subtle strength-training, add yoga to your regimen. And since it’s summer, try something cool like floating yoga--it’s yoga in a hammock (or in a pool--your choice)!
Even if you aren’t a trail runner, hiking trails offers integral cardio and strength training. Worried it isn’t doing as much as your run? Pick trails with uneven terrain, hills, or fun rocks steps and creek-jumping. Or, pack a bag with water and a weight!
As adventurous as it is strenuous, rock climbing does amazing to your whole body. Since it relies heavily on leg muscles, it works areas most used in running, but it certainly challenges your arms and core. Plus, it’s an awesome risk for the stick-to-the-road type!
Speaking of adventure, give your legs some recovery and let your upper body do the brunt of the work in this challenge. Unless you’re that person who likes to tip her friends over, rafting requires strong core stability and full body endurance. Not to mention all that paddling! Getting wet from the spray is just a side benefit.
Since most of us can’t invest the time into surfing to make it a worthwhile workout, paddleboarding is a great alternative--and its rise in popularity makes it an option in almost all vacation spots. And yes, you can even yoga on a paddleboard!
Does your summer schedule include less running and more of something else? Share your favorite summer fitness activity in the comments below!
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