Training for the sport or activity that you love is always bittersweet: On the one hand, you feel a great sense of pleasure when you push through your wall, test your limits, and share your achievements with friends. On the other, if you don’t change up your training and add variety every now and again, it can become monotonous. What’s more, repetitive motions like running, cycling, or hiking can seriously wear down your joints, cartilage, and even cause permanent damage. Whether you’re a triathlete, mountaineer, distance runner, or you do it all, there are three very simple activities that will not only change up your training routine, but will also help you to excel and stay well for that mountain, run, or competition.
This low-impact cardiovascular workout will increase stamina and gives your joints a rest from the pounding they take during daily training.
Who Should Try It:
Swimming is great for runners, mountaineers, and cyclists because it helps to build lung capacity, endurance, and gives those knees a rest.
Stretching is essential for any athlete who wants to excel in their sport and stay healthy. Not only does it guard against injury, but it can also up your performance by helping you to build lean muscles and increasing flexibility.
Who Should Try It: Though good for virtually ANY athlete, rock-climbers will find yoga very beneficial, as it allows your muscles and joints to recover while also promoting flexibility so you can spread out for that crux move.
This activity is excellent for building strong, lean, muscle and really getting you in touch with your body. What’s more, gyms are becoming so popular that they’re springing up all over the nation, so you don’t have to climb outside to reap the benefits (though outdoor climbing will make you one beast of an athlete).
Who Should Try It:
Mountaineers and Triathletes who want to build lean muscle and get more connected with their bodies.
Try adding one of these activities into your training routine each week and journal if and how your training begins to improve or becomes more enjoyable.