It feels great to win a game or competition. The adrenaline rush of victory and sense of accomplishment is unmatched, and you may want it to last forever. But every dedicated athlete knows it is essential to do things outside of competition to improve your overall physical and mental health - you don’t need to go back to practice without resting, stretching, or doing whatever else is in your recovery routine. The same rings true during the off-season - you need to return to your next season prepared to win. But what should you do in the meantime? How can you get better while not playing your sport?
When you want to switch up your fitness routine with something new, it can be challenging to decide what you want to try. You could take a Zumba class, a barre class, a Pilates class, a yoga class, or hire a personal trainer. HIIT and CrossFit are two popular exercise methods that have become more mainstream in recent years. But which is right for you, and how do you begin figuring that out?
Think about a typical week in your exercise routine. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you may decide to focus on cardio by walking on the treadmill, and on Tuesday and Thursday, you may lift weights. Without even realizing it, you are cross-training. Many people do, but is it really good for you?