After my university swimming (and ill-fated off-season running) career ended, I gravitated to the sport of triathlon, which in itself is the definition of cross-training. While triathlon has its own pitfalls, the cross-training benefits are incredible, especially when you look at the 60-to-64-age group on the podium. They all look 40 as they leap up on the stage as if they hadn’t just finished an Ironman.
The benefits of cross-training are endless. Switching it up helps prevent overuse injuries, builds new muscles (especially important as we get older), helps break through weight-loss plateaus, and improves your social life among other awesome things!
I am writing an upcoming three-part series about cross-training focused on three fairly accessible activities: hiking/walking, cycling, and metabolic training (aka high-intensity interval training). Stay tuned!