My inner instructor is coming out today :)
I was going to go to my team pages and start a feed on this, but I have several teams that this applies too and figured a blog may be best.
I can not express to anyone enough the importance of X-Training whether it is for a certain event you are getting ready for, or to lose weight, be healthy etc. Even with all the information at our fingertips I still have heard many women say that they don't want to Strength train and get all muscled..Ain't gonna happen ladies. Granted there are a few women who do have amazing muscle tone, or large muscles like men, that is either high testosterone in the their bodies, or its simulated...AND it takes hours and hours a day as well as heavy , heavy weights to get bulging muscles.
MUSCLE BURNS FAT! Muscle also burns calories at rest, it takes up less room than fat, and it does weigh more, so sometimes if you are stuck on a number on a scale, or maybe even gained weight..let your measurements speak for your body!!!
X-Training is so vital for runners..especially if you are training for a marathon or a half or any distance run. I have run a few in my time and have trained differently for several..The fasted recovery I had was after my last full one that I did..I trained as a run/walker, 7 min run and 1 min walk...and cross trained on a bike and a rebounder as well as did strength training and yoga...I know it seems hard to get all that in AND get your mileage in as well but it can be done. Strength training can be incorporated in with your yoga (and/or pilates) Those workout elongate and strengthen your muscles by action rather than by weights and just about all the moves will also strengthen your core ( a strong core is vital when running). The rebounder will help ease some of the pounding on your joints while working on endurance at the same time, I used to do just a 10-15 minute run on my rebounder before I would do a cycle class, or before strength class, or you can even do it as a warm up/recovery to your runs, it will help flush out any lactic acid build-up in your legs that cause that stiffness. Cycling will work muscles in your legs that running doesn't necessarily hit and overall gives you stronger legs. I had ZERO recovery time after my last marathon using all these tools...after my first one I could hardly walk for a week, not stiffness, it was painful, very painful.
If your are not training for any events, all these tools will give you overall fitness PERIOD!!!! Your body will adjust to your training schedule after awhile and though you are still helping your heart and lungs you won't be doing much to motivate those pounds to go bye bye, your body will get into a rut and get bored, therefore you hit a plateau. Or you are just plain bored!
When I first started running, I got addicted and it all I wanted to do...my knees would hurt, I couldn't get up from a seated position without assistance...that is not what exercise is about, that is not healthy...when I added in other things, my body loved me..and yours will too.
OK, I will get off my soapbox now...hope this helps at least one person!!!
G'Day folks from down under