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Cross training involves doing a variety of activities to achieve development. In terms of cardiovascular activities, there are any number of combinations of activities you can do. For instance,this could consist of running stairs followed by sprints, and ending with jogging. The key to developing cardiovascular capacity is to perform the activities for a minimum of 10 minutes within your target heart rate zone (building up to 20-30 minutes within the target heart rate zone). Cross training also helps to reduce the boredom some individuals face when doing extended cardiovascular exercise routines.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|