Cross Training for Runners Stay-Injury Free and Comeback from Injuries Without Losing a Step

Getting injured sucks! Unfortunately, cross training to prevent or comeback from injury is also boring and can feel unproductive. So, what’s the solution?

The trick to maintaining fitness without driving yourself crazy while cross training on the bike, elliptical or in the pool is having a series of proven workouts that provide a variety of intensities and unique challenges. By having a variety of ever-changing stimulus, you’re better able to maintain fitness and stay sane.

This guide is a combination of multiple cross training methods, apparatus, and workouts designed to provide flexibility and variety to your cross training regimen. I’ve done my best to support and discuss both the benefits and negatives of each cross training method so you can approach your workouts with the knowledge that the hard work is paying off.

With these workouts, you’ll have no excuse to lose fitness while being injured or while trying to maintain fitness without the pounding from running. These workouts will challenge your aerobic system and have you gasping for air!

Cross Training Options for Runners

1. Aqua Jogging for runners

2. The elliptical for runners

3. Biking

4. Swimming

Information about injuries and maintaining fitness with cross training

1. The relationship between hip strength and running injuries – the latest research

2. Hip strength and running form: The role of hip drop in running injuries

3. Why Runners Get Hurt

4. Are You at a Higher Risk for Running Injuries? The Latest Research on Who Gets Injured and Why

5. Could running on softer surface actually be worse for your running injuries

6. How excessive leg crossover can cause running injuries and how to fix it

7. Are custom orthotics worth the cost?

8. How long before you lose running fitness

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