So the dark nights are closing in and runner’s across the country are putting their sports attire away for the winter months. How might you change your training routine so that you tick over nicely until spring?
Contrary to popular belief, running mile after mile isn’t necessarily the best way for you to build fitness. Pro athletes across the world have learned that cross training is an excellent alternative to maintain and improve performance. The good news is, cross training is ideal to do in the house when running is no longer an option.
When the term cross training is used, you may think of that unusual machine at the gym which resembles the actions of cross country skiing. Although it can be a form of cross training, it isn’t what we mean by cross training as a whole. Cross training is any form of movement that will influence the same systems and muscle groups used in your chosen discipline.
Cross training to improve your cardio-respiratory function and, muscular strength and endurance, in the winter mean that come spring when you start running again, you won’t have to start from a clean slate. Circuit training, weight training for the lower body, core stability, torso training, and interval training can all help you maintain the gains you’ve fought hard for throughout the previous spring and summer. Also, when you do start running again cross training is an excellent way to enhance gains in fitness whilst reducing risk of injury. So you may even want to run less and cross train more throughout the summer, at the park or in your own garden.
Don’t give up on your health throughout the winter, give cross training the consideration it deserves and maintain gains in your health all year round.