Running is exercise in itself – so why do you need to exercise for running?
The reason is that adding in some additional targeted exercises really can help your running performance. Pounding the pavements also puts some unusual strains on your body, and so extra conditioning will reduce the chance of injury.
Running is a great endorphin release, so you won’t want to miss your regular ‘fix’.
Here are some hints to keep you in good shape for your run, and to help you improve your performance on track or round the course.
It’s not just the legs! Runners need a strong and stable core. A strong core is essential for runners and whilst this applies to both lower and upper body, it’s the latter which tends to be neglected. So working your upper body means you get extra value from your run.
In short, yes. Running can place quite a bit of stress on the joints; ankles, knees and hips being the most common areas. Although these areas cannot be strengthened in themselves, working the surrounding muscles that support the joints is essential to stabilise them. Strong and symmetrical muscles protect your joints and pay long-term dividends.
If you have favourites as part of your workout, they’ll do no harm to your running. But if you need some inspiration, try these:
Don’t worry if your running has kept you out of the gym - make the most of winter and see what the machines can do for you. The staff will be happy to help if you need hints and tips. All you need is a short workout before your run or on your ‘rest’ days.
Conditioning exercises help runners to improve their pace, performance and keep injuries at bay. A win all round!
Fancy giving some of these a try? Find your closest gym here and go work out!
my knees also suffer and those exercises are essential. My physio said the three most important things are 'technique, technique, technique'!
I tend to get knee problems and had never heard of clams before but after a quick google I think I shall add them to my baseline exercise routine.