Butt ... I love to Run
Running is an excellent form of exercise as it demands work from the entire body however, most professional runners also under go a specific weight training programme to help strengthen and support their muscles.
If you love to run, then I highly recommend protecting the longevity of your joints with regular weight training. You might be surprised at how much it will improve your speed and endurance.
When New Balance asked me to suggest some strengthening exercises for runners, I was excited to share with them some movements that focus on working the glutes, hamstrings and TVA (transverse abdomens), because it’s actually where the predominant force comes from while running. If the glutes are weak, the quads and other leg muscles will often attempt to compensate for this weakness potentially leading to knee or other joint issues. Strong glutes and core/TVA also help to protect the lower back from pain and injury.
Prevention is better than a cure so I highly recommend adding these simple but effective exercises into your non running days:
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