Runners tend to be in good shape when training since programs force runners to jog multiple times a week and do hill workouts, tempo runs and speed work. However, when runners do any physical activity outside of running, they tend to get sore or even injured because they are working different muscles.
Cross training is a great way to condition different muscles groups and reduce the risk of injury from repetitive strain or overuse. It provides the opportunity to stress the cardiovascular system in a different way and improve overall fitness levels. Cross training can also help reduce the boredom that can set in after a few months of doing the same running routine. When strength, agility and balance are improved, runners become more complete and healthier.
Activities to incorporate into a running routine:
- Strength training
- Stair climbing
- In-line skating