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Elliptical? Rowing? Cycling? How to choose an activity that's right for you:

Cross-training —with cycling, swimming, the elliptical trainer, or the rowing machine—can play an important role in your overall fitness routine. It gives the muscles you use in walking and running a chance to recover while strengthening other parts of the body, boosting all-around fitness, and preventing injuries. Plus it helps prevent burnout to keep you running nonstop , injury-free. Here’s how to get the most effective—and safe—workout when you’re doing other activities. Make it regular. It can take a while to develop the strength and the know-how on any given machine to get a good workout. So make it a regular part of your routine from the beginning. If you wait until you’re forced to cross-train because of poor weather or injury, you might not get a good workout. Choose one. Try different kinds of cross-training activities until you find the one that works best for y...

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