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Why You Should Be Cross With Yourself

Posted on: September 19, 2010

Do you do the same exercise day-in, day-out? Don’t get cross, cross-train! Doing different forms of exercise is good for the brain and the body.

We get in ruts, right? Get out of bed, put on running clothes, go for morning run. What if you joined a gym at one point and did something different, say, went to a group cycling class? Or lifted weights?

Uh oh. I can smell your fear from this far away! You’re getting uncomfortable. That’s what happens—we get happy with our routines. But sometimes, it serves us well to break away. If you’re a frequent walker, you’re constantly working the muscles in the front-to-back plane of the body. Taking, say, an aerobics class would get your body moving laterally, developing strength in new muscles.

So, participating in a completely different fitness activity is great for your body, because it will strengthen your body in new places. It may also get you thinking in new ways. I find that when I try a new activity, it gets my brain’s creative juices flowing. Besides, it’s just plain fun to do something different!

What’s your favorite way to cross-train?

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1 Response to "Why You Should Be Cross With Yourself"

Sorry for the old comment, but I just saw your blog reading through comments on Chris Guillebeau’s site and your blog title piqued my interest.

I also lost about 75lbs a few years back and my current fitness obsession is crossfit (www.crossfit.com) which I’ve been doing for about 2 years.

Not sure if you’ve come across these guys yet, but affiliate gyms are popping up all over the place, and the good ones are a great place to cross train if you are into running or swimming or biking and need some variety in your workouts.

Fitness in 100 words according to Greg Glassman:

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
~Greg Glassman

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