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Four Sports to Enhance Your Running

If you’re an avid runner, you might not have considered any other sports. However, there are several reasons why participating, at least once in a while, in other sports can make you a better runner. Not only will you get fitter and potentially work areas of the body that you don’t when you’re running, but it also means you won’t get bored – there is always something else to do. Read on to find out what some of the best sports to try if you want to enhance your running prowess are. 

 

 

Swimming 

Swimming is a great way to change up your running program. It uses both your arms and legs, but the arms are the main area of the body used. This is the same as running, only it’s the legs that are used most in running, of course. Between running and swimming, then, you will be working on all areas of the body and not neglecting anything. 

 On top of this, swimming is a low impact sport. If you have injured yourself running, swimming is the ideal sport to continue with until you can run again. You won’t hurt yourself, but you can maintain your fitness regime nonetheless. 

 

Jiu Jitsu 

Jiu jitsu is a type of martial art that focuses on grappling and holds and plenty of groundwork. At first, it may seem that this sport and running don’t have a lot in common, but while that is true in a physical sense, it’s not the case in a mental sense. 

 It’s easy to let the distractions of life get in the way when you’re trying to run. When you really should be focusing solely on the road ahead of you and in putting one foot in front of the other, you can be derailed by ideas and thoughts and worries. Jiu jitsu is all about maintaining focus. It is about having a clear and empty mind. When you learn Jiu jitsu, you will learn how to maintain excellent concentration. You can then transfer this ability to your running, helping you to run for longer and have more endurance. 

 Cycling 

Cycling is a popular sport among runners. Of course, those who take part in triathlons will need to be able to ride a bike, but even if this is not the kind of running that you do, cycling can still help you.

Cycling can help you keep your legs and back strong, which is ideal for running. In a more practical sense, cycling will allow you to plan out your running route in advance – you can cycle it and make sure it is suitable.  

 Golf 

Gold is a slow, measured, sedate kind of sport. It is unlikely you’ll ever see anyone running across a golf course. However, this is exactly the reason it can be such a great complementary sport to your running. 

 It’s good to be able to slow down from time to time, but if you want to do this and still keep fit, golf is the best option. It’s amazing how many miles you can cover walking around the golf course.