Injury strikes & your Doc says you can’t run. It sucks, but you don’t have to be down and out. Here's what you can do to keep your fitness —and mental sanity —intact until you can get out on the road again:
Anyone who knows Neat’s story, knows swimming is an important sport for our team. It’s low-impact and easy on your joints, moving in water increases the resistance you’re exposed to, and you’ll still be pushing your cardiovascular system to its max – ideal for anyone recovering from an injury.
There’s a reason that so many cyclists are lean but strong. It’s a high-energy demanding sport whilst still building up your lower body power. Research has shown that the average person can burn 500+ calories in an hour of cycling.
Versa-climbing is a relatively new method of cross-training, but its quickly-growing popularity is likely down to its vast benefits. Firstly, it employs a natural pattern of movement – meaning we move our opposite arms and legs together in harmony, like when we walk, run, climb, swim or crawl. This means it’s incredibly functional and will benefit all other sports and activities we choose to pursue. Plus, it’s a full-body workout that uses a wide range of motion and again, is no-impact.
Another excellent total-body workout, rowing targets the back, core, quads, hamstrings, glutes, shoulders and arms – when done with correct form of course. The movement of pushing and pulling is incredibly effective and will get your heart working at its max and is much less impactful than pounding repetitively on the pavement.
Although running fanatics tend to favor cardio, strength training is an essential supplement to any good cross-training routine. It strengthens muscles and joints, which not only decreasing the risk of injury but also improves your explosivity and overall speeds. It’s time to hit the weights!