I do love running! This is why it does not take me too much encouragement to lace up my sneakers and embark myself on my favorite route, even if it is Sunday. However, it is not only about running your heart out but also understanding that there are some other aspects of your body you need to be aware of, in order to improve your running performance as well as avoiding serious injuries. The best piece of advice I would like to share with you is to continue reading this post, I tried to compiled useful information that may help you become a better runner and most importantly, prevent you from injuries that can take a lot of time to heal.
Becoming stronger need to be one of the main goals for any runner, a good strength training will help you be faster and more efficient in your running performance, not to mention that with this type of training you prevent overuse injuries. The biggest muscle of our butt is the glute max, and it helps power your running performance, especially uphill. Hence, it will be key for you to do strength exercises such as step- ups, weighted walking lunges in order to build power in your backside.
The glute med is in either side of the pelvis and helps to keep you stable while running. In order to strengthen this area of your body and get your knees, hips, and lower back in proper alignment and stability, you need to do lateral band walks, since they are a simple yet effective moves and the idea to properly do them is by feeling your glute meds burn.
Another great exercise that you can include to complement your strength training is a side lunge curtsy lunge combo; this combination targets both the glute med over the glute max and this just make it an exceptional exercise for working the legs. On the other hand, you need a core that is able to support itself as your legs push your forward while you are running, right? Then you need a strong torso that contributes to make you run more efficiently and effectively; accomplish a great core by doing elbow plank with donkey kick, because they challenge your core on its own, slide lank with leg lift is another great exercise to achieve stabilization of your body. Following a strength training which includes these key exercises will be an excellent way to complement your workout routine, running may often neglect areas of your body like butt, core, and upper back muscles and with these exercises you can achieve amazing results.
Plates combines an exceptional mix of stretching, strengthening, breathing and your core that I absolutely love! All of these aspects that hugely important for any runner to focus on, since strengthening works wonder in your core that helps you propel forward when running. In addition, including a well- coordinated breath technique to your Pilates workout prepares you to breathe deeply, and this feeds oxygen to your muscles. A Pilates workout routine will contribute to build an injury- free body, shed weight, improve flexibility and ease any possible low back pain you may have; this is just an excellent way to help you become the best runner version you can be.
Hill workout routine
When you execute a hill workout routine, you are basically building power and preparing your body to stand the rigors of speedwork, this means that hill workout increases your exercise time. A recent study published by the International Journal of Sports Phycology and Performance found that runners who perform high- intensity uphill running intervals not only do running economy improvements, but they also become faster on average running performances. This type of workout requires the use of legs, arms and core muscles in very different ways than just running on flat surfaces. You build lower body muscles and better your personal running records during your cardio workout while running in a nice outside landscape.
Yoga to improve your running
As you might know it, yoga has the potential to improve your strength, flexibility, metal focus and many other skills, so it is not surprising that this great discipline contributes to improve your running performance. Tired muscles and tight joints are two of the most common injuries runners suffer from, thus practicing yoga is highly recommended if you want to soothe your muscles; and it can also restore balance and symmetry to the body, making it perfect to complement running. Furthermore, while many other forms of exercises tend to deplete the body of its energy stores, yoga practice oxygenates the blood and thus creates more energy; this allows the body and mind to feel restored and energized, which is something runners do need after a race or marathon.