Cross train your way to fitness

Cross train your way to fitness

Variety presumably is not just the spice of life, but also the spice of a holistic fitness routine. Unless you want to work only on a specific muscle or a specific aspect of fitness, including multiple training forms can do wonders to overall well being.

  • A holistic approach: Cross training includes different activities, which is why you can simultaneously work on aerobic conditioning, building stamina and muscle strength.
  • Prevents injury: The body uses certain muscle groups in a particular sport/workout, so when the activity is pursued on a daily basis, the same muscle groups become susceptible to injury. Cross training minimises the wear and tear of these muscles.
  • Kills boredom: Repeating the same exercises over and over again can reduce motivation to work out. Cross training can give you the boost to stay fit!

The next question you might ask is how to go about creating a cross training workout plan? Try the following steps:

#Step 1: Identify the different workouts you want to try out. Categorise them into cardiovascular exercises, strength training, agility drills, flexibility training and skills conditioning.

#Step 2: Choose your favourites in each of these categories.

#Step 3: Mix and match the styles and tailor your routine based on your interests and goals. You can choose to do one form of exercise every day or even two and change the sequence

This also makes your workouts more accessible by giving you flexibility.

The bottom line is, make your workouts functional, accessible and holistic to keep yourself feeling motivated and energised always.

(The author is a master trainer, Curefit)