PUSHUPS? AT RUNNING CLUB!?
The infamous question… Upon becoming a 2nd Recess Coach, I was thrilled to see the incorporation of cross training through activities such as “Circuits” and “Pick-Your-Poison”. However, it did not take long before questions began to arise.
“Hey Coach – Why are we doing pushups at running club?”
“I do not need sit-ups to run fast!”
Although these are seemingly logical questions as the children are not improving upon their strides while holding a “plank-position” it is important for every age to understand the benefits of cross-training for the improvement of their running and overall health and well-being.
Before pursuing the benefits of Cross-Training it is important to understand what exactly this is
As defined by ACE (American Counsel of Exercise) – Cross Training involves an exercise regimen that utilizes several modes of training (sit-ups, push-ups, swimming) to develop additional components of fitness.
Benefits include but are not limited to the following:
- Reduced Risk of Injury – Cross training builds specific muscles utilized while running and in every-day activities. By strengthening these muscles, you are much less susceptible to an injury that could prevent or reduce your progress toward specific running or general health and wellness goals
- Improve Total Fitness – By cross training, you are allowing your body to adapt to various physical movements. By combining both endurance and strength your body will adapt more readily to any given task, allowing you to expand upon your fitness goals
- Variety – One of the most common reasons people stop partaking in exercise regimens is that they become bored with the monotony. Cross Training is a simple way to switch up your exercise routine while continuously improving. Cross training does not have to take the form of push-ups or sit-ups. This can also take the form of swimming, hiking, biking, or other leisurely and family-friendly activities.
Matthews, J. (2009, September 2). What is cross training and why is it important? Retrieved May 5, 2016, from http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/36/what-is-cross-training-and-why-is-it/