Basically, cross training involves regularly incorporating a form of exercise other than your sport of choice to strengthen your muscles and decrease your risk of injury. Cross training gives your body a break from the repetitiveness of your usual sport and creates muscular balance. Danielle Pape, certified personal trainer with the Lake Health Integrative Medicine team, gives her best advice on how runners can use cross training to improve their fitness levels:
When it’s cold and dark outside, you might be tempted to snuggle up inside where it’s warm and cozy instead of venturing out to exercise. But staying active all year is important for your health and well-being. If you have children, it also sets a good example for them, especially if you do activities together.
Kat Shuster, a Lake Health athletic trainer with the Lake Health Sports Medicine team, gives her top tips for staying active during the winter:
Believe it or not, shoveling snow can be compared to strength training, and aerobically it’s similar to exercising on a treadmill! So just like exercise, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of injury. Senior athletic trainer Sherrie Northrup with the Lake Health Sports Medicine team offers this advice to stay safe when shoveling snow this winter:
Should I focus on strength training or cardio? Which do you do first during a workout? How do I choose a strength-training program? What is high-intensity training? How do I fit cardio into a busy schedule?
Danielle Pape, fitness expert and certified personal trainer at the Lake Health Wellness Institute, has the answers to these common questions and more!
Starting a new workout routine can be challenging, but spring and summer are great times to start! Danielle Pape, a fitness expert and certified personal trainer at the Lake Health Wellness Institute, gives her top tips to get your new fitness plan started: