Why I cross-train: yoga, pilates, and lifting weights too

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”- Jim Rohn aka you should cross-train

There are so many labels and cliques that come with  being involved in fitness, but cross-training is one that you must know. Through cross-training you can improve your coordination, prevent injuries, and can correct muscle imbalances. 

Pilates is known for combing strength training with cardio. Whether you’re on a mat or a reformer, pilates puts emphasis on building core strength through leanness. 

Cross-training is a common training technique for athletes.  Cross-training yoga and pilates can help you improve endurance, gain strength, and increase flexibility. In addition, to geotagging the different studios you’re at while on your cross-training adventures, cross-training will always have your body ready for a fresh challenge.

Cross-training can range from activities within aerobic conditioning. Strength and flexibility are key to cross-training. Cross training is an ideal way to develop a “balanced” fitness regime. Improve  your workout routines with engaging different muscle groups throughout the week. This not only improves your overall fitness, it helps to prevent overuse injuries that are more common in single-sport activities.

A balanced, weekly cross training program as recommended by the American Council on Exercise includes:

  • Aerobic exercise: Three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Alternate activities such as walking, swimming, dancing, and stair climbing.
  • Strength training: Twice a week (not consecutive days) for at least 30 minutes, working each major muscle group. Try to do different exercises for each muscle group on alternate days, or use different resistance tools, such as free weights or stretch tubing.
  • Flexibility exercise: Every day for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Stretching exercises may be done daily, but be sure to warm up your muscles with a short walk or other aerobic activity before you stretch.

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