I train for triathlons so I naturally cross train. Swimming really is an excellent cross training exercise. I do a Masters Swim Team at my YMCA. We are a close knit group very open to new people. It is the people and social aspect that gets me there even on sub zero temp days. Besides, the pool is 80+ degrees so it's like taking a bath. Afterwards, some of us hit the whirlpool for a ten min. soak and chat. It's so much fun, I hate it when I have to miss. AND...this training is at 5 AM! Nuts! But I also find swimming therapeutic! When my muscles get tight from running or cycling, swimming seems to "kick" it out (the tightness). Also...it's a GREAT respiratory exercise!
Cycling is also an excellent cross training exercise. Low impact and high aerobic....good muscular work on the legs, which compliments running. Your YMCA most likely has spin classes so during the winter, you can cycle away to some rock and roll.
I also play indoor tennis once a week.
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