Whether you’re preparing for your next foot or bike race or are simply looking to get and stay fit, cross-training is absolutely essential in ensuring your training is effective and you work a variety of muscles in your body. It’s all too common for runners to only well, run, instead of building muscle via weight machines and mixing up their workout with cycling and elliptical machines. Suunto Heart Rate Monitors help active lifestyle enthusiasts embrace cross-training while keeping their heart rate levels at the appropriate target zones, no matter what type of exercise they’re doing.
Here’s our HeartRateMonitors.com approved cross-training plan:
Monday: Cross-training. If you typically run, bike for 30-45 minutes, staying in the aerobic heart rate zone (where you could carry on a conversation) for 75% of your cross-training, and in the anaerobic zone (close to out of breath) for the rest. If you typically bike, use a treadmill or elliptical to run.
Tuesday: Rest day.
Wednesday: Weight-train for 20 minutes. Take care to carefully monitor your Suunto Heart Rate Monitor to ensure your heart rate is in the aerobic zone.
Thursday: Rest day.
Friday: Power-walk on the treadmill – walk for 30-45 minutes on at least a 3.5 grade uphill. This is low-impact, but increases your stamina for your long-training session.
Saturday: Rest day OR long-training session (i.e. distance run/bike). Use the Suunto Heart Rate Monitors to keep your heart rate in the aerobic heart rate zone.
Sunday: If Saturday was a long-training session, Rest day. Otherwise, long-training session.
All of our training needs are different, and we need different Suunto Heart Rate Monitors that meet our acute training goals. Whether we’re running distance runs of 15 miles or gearing up for our first 5k race, Suunto Heart Rate Monitors are designed from the basic to the advanced to ensure we meet out heart rate target zone needs during our cross-training activities. Make Suunto your partner in effective cross-training this year.