Cross Train to Avoid Boredom and Keep Your Metabolism Going
By Holly Glaubitz, Health Educator for the Heart of New Ulm Project
Variety can be the spice of life when it comes to an exercise routine. Finding a couple of exercises that you like to do and alternating between the two of them can be beneficial to your body and mind. Cross training can help you:
· Decrease the boredom factor. Building more than one activity into your routine can help prevent workout boredom. So if the thought of walking your same route almost makes you ill, try incorporating another activity into your routine that day.
· Decrease the chance for overuse injuries. Doing the same activity repeatedly can cause overuse injuries. We usually see what we call repetitive use injuries in people who continue to do the same activity every day.
· Keep your metabolism going. Your body will adjust to any activity you do. So, for example, if you walk every day, your body will get used to walking. You’ll need to walk farther and faster to reap the same rewards as when you first started your exercise routine. Adding one or two other activities into the mix will help keep your metabolism revved up and ready to go.
Adding other exercises into your routine can be a challenge if you’re used to doing the same activity. I know a lot of runners who have trouble adding any other activity into their weekly exercise regimen because they feel like they don’t get the same kind of workout running can provide. They actually don’t get the same kind of workout — that’s the point.
So, if you find it challenging to add another kind of exercise into your routing, start by taking one day a week and adding something different to your routine — even if it’s only for a few minutes. Build up from there and remember to find something you enjoy doing.