Whether youâ€™re a runner, golfer, cricketer, surfer whatever sport you love it is important to train outside of your chosen sport as well for optimal results and all round fitness.
Sometimes we could be doing more harm than good by repeating the same movements, and actually increase our risk of injuries due to overuse.
Whilst sport specific training is important for skill development, changing things up by doing more resistance to compliment running, or flexibility to compliment resistance is vital for overall body conditioning. For example I have friends that lift a lot of weights but have horrible flexibility, so if they had to pick something up, as much as they could hold the weight the movement to bend could actually be a risk for them. Now you see cross training is not only beneficial for an improved fitness but also as functional training as well.
By doing cross training you will be able to work through your energy systems a lot more efficiently and be able to move a lot better.
Doing the same thing over and over you can reach a plateau with your performance and find little improvement, by cross training this can actually have a little bit of a restart affect to your body and how it moves and functions allowing more calories to be burned, due to this added new challenge.
Your also reducing the chance of getting bored, no matter how much you love something doing it over and over can get a little monotonous, even if itâ€™s not exercise, learning new things and taking on new challenges is one of the best things about being human we have the ability to adapt and this will then benefit our overall mental and physical development.
If you go back to a child or baby learning new skills for optimal brain growth and muscle development they are doing different skills, theyâ€™re exploring and always learning. As we become adults weâ€™ll often seek out new learnings for brain development and but are less likely to continue physical and muscular development which could answer a few questions about degeneration as we age.
The best way to train for optimal all round performance, fitness and progression is to keep it simple stick to these fundamentals.
1. Do the things you enjoy
2. Continue to strive to learn more and explore
3. Stick to the fundamentals of
– Strength– body resistance or weights
– Flexibility– Why not try yoga which combine strength and flexibility
– Core and balance– Again pilates and yoga are fantastic to promote this and compliment any other training.
– Cardio– Try running, swimming, dancing etc.