Many runners tend to neglect strength-training exercises, preferring instead to focus on just clocking longer distances and working on endurance. However, strength-training is equally important. “It helps to protect your joints and increase muscle awareness so that you’re activating the right muscle groups during your run,” says yogi, model and fitness enthusiast Stephanie Bovis. Here are the top eight moves that every runner should do in order to finish faster and stronger.
Do as many reps of each move in good form for 30 seconds per side. Do this sequence at least three times a week for best results. Additionally, make sure you stretch and include neck, shoulder and ankle rotations to warm up and protect your joints before runs as well. Aim to do five rotations per side slowly every day.
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