July 2 2018
Hiking serves as a valuable cross-training activity that keeps your body in the cardio mode while also giving it a break from running.
NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for athletes of all fitness levels—especially when it comes to seasonal training and cross-training.
Summer is a great time to mix up your training routine, especially if you are not in the midst of preparing for a race. Some of the best summer options include swimming and aqua jogging. Lap swimming allows you to stimulate your cardiovascular system with zero impact on your joints and bones and minimal stress on your muscles. After a long cycle of training, this is highly beneficial as your legs are able to recover while the inflammation subsides. Aqua jogging is another nonimpact activity that allows you to spend time outside in the water simulating the running motion without the stress from the constant pounding on your legs. You can purchase aqua jogging flotation belts online or at some running stores. If you have access to trails, mountain biking is another fun option as the mountain bike trails are in their best condition in the summer months.