1. What is
In general, multisport is the
combination of any two or more sports. In recent common
usage, "multisport" most often refers to duathlons
(running and cycling) and triathlons (swimming, cycling and
running). It can also refer to adventure racing, which
frequently combines these sports with canoeing, rafting,
orienteering, rock climbing, etc.
2. Why multisport?
Multisport in general, and duathlons
and triathlons specifically, can offer a wider range of
benefits than any of the component sports (i.e. swimming,
cycling or running) by themselves.
- Each sport works different muscle
groups in different ways, which allows the other
muscle groups to recover. For people seeking to
increase their fitness, this allows greater fitness
gains in less time with lower risk of injury.
- Varied workouts keep away boredom
- you are not always covering the same routes at the
same speed, doing the same thing.
- Reach higher levels of fitness
with less wear and tear on any particular group of
body parts. For example, while running is a great
weight-bearing exercise, running can inflict a lot of
stress on your legs - specifically your knees, ankles
and feet. Adding cycling to your exercise regime
gives you a way to improve your fitness yet greatly
reduce the stress on your legs. Cycling is specially
good for knees (provided that your bike is properly
adjusted to your body) as it is non-weight-bearing
and the repetitive pedaling motion help keep the
knees limber and lubricated. In fact, cycling is
frequently used as part of the rehabilitation process
for knee injuries.
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Last revised: 31 August 2007.