Monday, July 29, 2013

Workout Time: Strength Training

One thing I have been learning is that strength training is very important on a runner and especially long distance runners. This year I focused on my running training and didn't maintain strength training which was a not such a great idea in my part. When I compare it to the year before, I do notice the difference. I'll be adding strength training to my routine since this Fall I have a couple of Half Marathons and would love to strengthen my muscles and core.

What are the benefits of Weight Training for Any Runner?
  • Reduces injuries
  • Improves running efficiency
  • Develops balanced strength in your core, upper and lower body

You don't have to do every day of weight training but on those days that are your easy runs or days that you power walk (if you are at beginning stage) try them afterwards for 15 minutes to 20 minutes or dedicate 2 days of 30 minutes workout. I'll be using a 6 lbs kettlebell which is about right for someone who doesn't do heavy lifting. Found this article from Runner's World about strength Training (click here) for runners. 

Below are some workouts I wanted to share with you that I've found in my health magazines.
Article from Women's Health Magazine in May 2013

Article from Women's Health Magazine on April 2012

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