By Carrie Brooks-Joiner, KAB member
Many sports work specific muscle groups to a greater extent than others. As dragon boaters, Knot A Breast Breast Cancer Survivors focus on strengthening the shoulders, core and lats, and improving our overall cardio-fitness. While we have heard one of our coaches say that “dragon boaters don’t need strong legs,” our health and fitness can benefit from adding other sports or types of activities.
Among the benefits of cross-training include:
- Improved total fitness. By adding in other activities that bring in more cardio-fitness, stretching and/or strength training, we can improve our overall fitness.
- Reduced risk of injury. Spread the load, and increase flexibility and strength.
- Weight loss. More activity burns calories. Need I say more?
- Sticking with fitness. Switching it up reduces boredom and provides new opportunities to try new things and train with others.