Cross-Training Ideas

Don't skimp on cross-training! The inclusion of activities other than running in your training routine can reduce your risk of injury, provide a change of scenery, and strengthen muscles that are not as active while you run. Cross-training activities can include any physical activity that involves modes of training other than running, though some runners' favorites are cycling, stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, Zumba, and Pilates. Activities like yoga and Pilates help strengthen your core, which helps to improve your running (for a yoga class designed specifically for runners' needs join Fleet Feet Sports Stamford for Yoga for Runners at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights!).

Try including a cross-training day at least once a week in your training schedule. Your body will thank you!

Target specific muscle groups with these cross-training activities:

Quadriceps

  • Biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Stair climbing
  • Skating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Water running

Buttocks

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Rowing
  • Swimming

Abdominals

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Water running

Lower Back

  • Rowing
  • Swimming

Upper Body

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Water running

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