Golden Rules of Running-#9 Cross-Training

An injured runner can be such a baby. And not in the cute way. If you want to get back on your feet quicker, cross-train.

This is the second in a series of ten posts reviewing the Ten Golden Rules of Running post from Blaise Dubois of The Running Clinic.

9. Cross-training

When injured, complete rest is rarely the best treatment. A cross-training activity is recommended as soon as possible. A cardio-vascular activity that is not painful will decrease recovery time.

The idea behind using cross-training as a recovery tool is that when you metabolism stays elevated our body is able to heal itself more quickly.  The key thing to take away is that activity breads recovery.  It is important that the “cardio-vascular activity that is not painful”.  You have likely heard this a thousand times, but listen to your body.  It is your best coach and can tell you exactly how much stress you can handle, if you let it.

A few of my favorite cross-training activities;

1) Swimming-This is awesome because of its lower impact and the focus on form.  As in running, technique is everything in swimming.

2) Rowing-Either out on the water or stationary, its a great full body activity to get your heart rate up.

3) Kettle Bell-Form is huge on this.   One of my favorite KB resources is and The Whole Way.

4) Jump Rope-If you haven’t done this since you were rocking PE in elementary school, it is time to revisit this.  Quick feet, good posture and a surprisingly good workout in a short amount of time.  If you are awesome at it you will look like THIS.

If you have more to share please feel free to put them in the comments.

Now go dominate your evening and turn that into momentum to have the best week you have ever had in your life.



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