Some people love to exercise, others – not so much. It’s not easy sticking to a regular physical exercise routine and unfortunately many of us just give up. There are many different reasons why people stop exercising. Reasons can range from lack of interest, loss of motivation, lack of support or even lack of knowledge of how to get results.
If you’re not getting the results that you hope for or find that you’re getting stale from doing the same program week-in, week-out, it’s easy to lose the motivation that got you exercising in the first place and just give up.
Maybe it’s time to give cross training a go. Cross training is a way to vary your fitness program by combining different types of exercise activities. If, for example, you are jogging 5 days a week, you might cross train by adding cycling, swimming, or weight training to your workout regime.
One of the advantages of cross training is that it gives you the opportunity to exercise every day – if you so choose. The trick is to switch things up a little each day. For example, you might run on Monday, swim on Tuesday, do body weight exercises on Wednesday, run on Thursday, swim on Friday and do pilates on Saturday. The possibilities are really endless on ways in which you can cross train.
Spicing up your routine with difrerent activities not only kep things interesting, but reduces the chance on injuries. If you’re using the same muscles everyday during an exercise program, you run the risk of overusing those muscles. However cross training is not an antidote for overuse. If you’re training too much – you are training too much. It’s important to remember that rest is an essential part of getting fit.