Bravo to you if you are exercising on a regular basis! Getting started is half the battle.
The other half of the battle is making sure that the exercise that you do is working for you, and not against you.
Repetitive stress on the same joints, day after day, month after month, will wear them down. Do you notice how your most oft-used eyeshadow in the bunch wears out the soonest? Or how the most frequently pushed button on your keypad fails first? The same thing happens with your joints.
Oh great, something else to worry about, right? As if it’s not good enough that you are exercising. It is, it is! But distributing the stress amongst several different areas of your body will make it last longer and go a long way in preventing injury. When you switch activities, say from running to swimming, this break will give your knee joints a chance to heal from the repetitive impact of running. Additionally, participating in different types of exercise will keep your body guessing. Which means that cross-training results in… well… better results!
Let’s say during your first few runs you burn 250 calories. If you keep running at the same pace for a similar distance, your body will figure out a way to be more efficient at that, which means it’ll burn fewer calories. This is why programs like Cross Fit and P90X work so well; every day brings a new approach and challenge to exercise. Triathlon training also has a built-in cross-training aspect. I was amazed at how quickly my body changed for the better when I started alternating biking, swimming, and running instead of my usual daily step class.
And an added bonus for those of you who would like to cross-dress: you get to wear different wardrobes for each of these individual activities.
Who can argue with that?!