This week I am going to change things up a bit and speak of the importance of cross training. Running and running drills that I have posted here are only part of what I do every week as I also weight train and do other forms of cardio.
As a runner for over 20 years, I have varied how I run. As a new runner I ran every day, and I did this for several years. These years were peppered with the same recurring knee injury. As someone who rarely sees a doctor, I just talked to various runners I knew and was finally convinced that to be a runner, I needed to run less.
Seemed a bit counterintuitive, but I was willing to try. At the recommendation of runners I trusted, I focused on biking.
This proved to be amazing for me and just what my knee needed as I built strength in the muscles surrounding my knee.
Over the past 20 years I have finally determined that I can only run a maximum of three days a week on a regular basis. Following this regiment, my knee issues have been kept at bay.
It is in this spirit that I want to encourage you to find a bike. If you haven’t ridden a bike in awhile you are in for a treat as there is something so freeing about whizzing down the street feeling the wind rush past your face.
Just get on that bike and ride. Ride for 30 minutes, ride for an hour, whatever it is, just become a kid again and ride. You just may find that you want to add biking in to your regular workout routine. Cross training is so valuable. You will build muscle, you will build strength, you will build endurance in a new and different way.
Of course if you have any medical concerns this should be avoided, and if at any point you feel dizzy or completely unable to catch your breath you should stop and seek the advice of your doctor. Any exercise plan is of course at your own risk, but you knew that already 🙂