Category Archives: Cross Training

Heart Health Benefits of Running

Running is one of the most popular athletic activities for both fitness and fun. Although it can be challenging and exhausting, men and women run every day for a variety of reasons. Some of the most significant benefits from the sport are health-related. Improving heart health is one of the biggest motivators for people who choose to start running. Many people also begin a training program to lose weight and better their mental health. When people discover that they have a heart health issue such as high blood pressure, doctors often recommend running to help correct it. The activity makes Continue reading

No Gym, No Problem!

Whether your are on vacation or just can’t to the gym, there is no excuse to skip your workout! There are plenty of full-body exercises that can be done without equipment. This workout will be just as tough as your gym workouts! Push-up Feet Jack: Hands shoulder-width apart. After completing the push-up motion, kick both feet apart then together like a jumping jack. Jump Squats: Squat with feet hip-width apart, toes pointed out slightly. Jump into the air then land back into a squatting position, ensuring your knees do not go over your toes and your heels are down. Jumping Continue reading

5 Things Physical Therapists Want Runners to Start Doing Now

What if you could avoid aches and pains no matter how many miles you log? Start incorporating these tips into your routine and you just might. The Odds of Getting Injured Did you know that as a runner you have up to a 56 percent chance of getting injured? Yep, that’s right. More than half of all runners could be nursing an injury this year, according to a study published in the journal Sports Medicine. (And if you’ve been there, you know how emotionally painful recovery can be.) No one likes being sidelined because of an injury, so we asked Continue reading

Five, Full-body Exercises for Runners

A common misconception among runners is that you only use your legs. As a runner, you engage a variety of muscle groups including the core and upper body. Full body workouts incorporating two muscle groups saves time while building a stronger AND faster runner. Oh, and the best part: You burn more calories! Chest press with a leg drop: Lie on your back on a bench or mat, legs up, arms holding the dumbbells over your chest. Bring the arms down towards the bench or floor making 90 degree angles then press the weights back up over your chest. Once Continue reading

The Benefits of Stair Climbing

January 8th, 2014 is the second annual Take the Stairs Day. Started in 2013, the USA Stair Climbing Association declared the 2nd Wednesday in January as the annual Take the Stairs Day for all of us to take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator. They remind us that we don’t need any special equipment and we can do it indoors, out of the weather. Stairs are a great way to add intensity to our running workout. The same old winter routine can get boring after a while. Treadmills, elliptical and exercise bikes, oh my! But you can change Continue reading