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CROSS TRAINING FOR WALKERS

Cross training is generally considered participating in any fitness activity other than your primary sport. Cross training is more important and beneficial than many walkers realize. Cross training is used to improve your fitness level and stay active without over using walking muscles. Using a different activity also helps strengthen muscles not used by walking. The result is better walking workouts and less injuries. One of my favorite ways to cross train is bicycling. I choose this for several reasons:
  • It's fun
  • Can be done outdoors or indoors
  • Benefits cardio system
  • Strengthens quadriceps
  • Cycling at high rates trains legs to move faster, improving walking turnover rate.
Some popular crosstraining activities might include:
  • Cycling (outdoor or stationary)
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Inline skating
  • Elliptical trainer
  • Stair machine
  • Nordic Trak (ski machine)
  • Step videos or other aerobic videos
  • Snow shoeing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Sports such as football, soccer, boxing, etc.
In addition to cardiovascular crosstraining I highly recommend a good strength training routine. Strength activities can include things such as:
  • Weight training
  • Pilates
  • Yoga


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