A big benefit of cross training is that it tends to work muscle groups that get underutilized if you only stick to one sport. Strengthening these muscles can improve your training in other areas like balance and form. As a new approach to an athlete’s workout routine, cross-training can also increase power, add flexibility, build stability, and increase motivation.
Look at cross training as a way to explore other areas of exercise and fitness. You'll get the opportunity to meet new people, learn a new discipline and train your body at the same time. Some winter friendly ideas are:
- Indoor rock climbing
- Swimming (or deep water runs)
- Dance classes
- Yoga or Pilates
- Resistance training
- Martial arts class
- Any winter sport - cross country skiing, hockey, curling or skating clubs are numerous and easy to join
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