We're all about being the best runner you can be. Cross training is considered to be one of the best ways (when done right) to make you a stronger runner.
Cross-training is often misunderstood. Mixing it up is NOT cross-training. Strength training is NOT cross-training. Spinning is NOT cross training. And, sorry yogis, yoga is NOT cross-training either.
You should still do these activities for your health and fitness, but let's not call it "cross-training" because technically, it's not.
In order to cross-train properly as runners, we benefit the most from cardio-focused modalities that stress the cardio-respiratory system in a similar fashion to running. The best activities to support your run are listed below.
- Stair climbing
- Cross-country skiing
- Deep water running
Lucky you! You can work on your running game even when you're not running if you follow these tips!