Benefits of Cross-Training

At 7:30 AM on August 13, the starting gun will fire for Round Rock’s 13th Annual 5K for Clay. This event supports the Clay Madsen Recreation Center and honors the memory of Clay Madsen, who embodied the spirits of leadership and sportsmanship before sadly succumbing to cancer. The rec center named in his honor is a valuable community resource, one offering fitness and wellness programs, therapeutic programs for those with special needs, and various camps for kids. Participating in the run is a great way to support the center and its programs.

Cross training prevents injuryNow, whether you want to train for the 5K for Clay or are simply interested in improving your overall fitness, you should know about the benefits of cross-training. Perhaps the best place to start is a look at what it actually means to cross-train.

Cross-training is simply performing more than one activity for training purposes. Why would you want to do this? Well, there are several benefits cross-training has to offer:

  • Injury prevention. You can prevent some of the more common overuse injuries from high impact activities like running (stress fractures, planter fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis) by getting in the pool or on your bike instead for a couple of weekly workout sessions.
  • Greater overall conditioning. By using different muscles, or the same muscles in different ways, you can improve your overall conditioning in a more well-rounded manner.
  • Break up routine. Not all benefits of cross-training are physical. Simply mixing up your exercises can be mentally refreshing.
  • Rehabilitation. Cross-training can also be used to help you overcome an injury. This is often done by adding strength and flexibility exercises along with aquatic activities or stationary cycling.

Cross-training is a great way to prevent running injuries, and you can learn even more when you take a moment to fill out our quick form and request your FREE copy of Keep Running! Identify and prevent common running injuries. We offer this free book to keep you safe while hitting the trails, tracks, and sidewalks here in Austin.

Utilizing cross-training in your exercise program can reduce your injury risk, but all physical activities possess an inherent degree of risk that cannot be completely eliminated. If you incur a sports injury or are hurt while working out, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can help. Call us at (512) 328-8900 for information on how our double-board-certified doctors will provide the care you need. Even better, schedule your appointment for our Austin, TX practice online today.

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