Cardio crosstraining is good when you don't want to get all your cardio from running for whatever reason. For example, I'll row or do elliptical 1x a week if my knees are feeling a little iffy. Strength training should be incorporated regardless of what you do, and will definitely make you a better runner.
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Funny you should ask that--I'm no authority, but I am 6 weeks into my 8-week bellydancing class, and I love it.
If you do the moves correctly, bellydancing provides a good bit of cardio and works a lot more muscle groups than you might think. I took the class because I thought it would be a fun way to both get some extra activity in and to build flexibility in my hips especially. Turned out to be a good core and upper body workout, too. I think it qualifies as cross-training; whether it does or not, I'm having a blast doing it!
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I don't know much about belly dancing, but I imagine it would be good for flexibility and core strength, both good for runners.
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What do you guys think about bellydancing for cross training? It's relatively low impact and is good cardio. Its not a common suggestion for cross training so I was wondering what everyone else thought. The main idea for cross training is low/non impact and something other than walking that is still cardio, yes? Also, is strength a good cross trainer or does cross training need to get your heart rate up?
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