Joggers and runners may appear fit yet lack the capability to build and keep muscle tone throughout their body. The majority of people think that running will help you lose weight and be healthy but too much running can damage your body. Don’t get me wrong, running is a great form of exercise but it should be done in moderation.
Your typical runner sustains more injuries than someone who doesn’t run at all, especially marathon runners. Marathon runners push their bodies to excessive limits without any balance of strength, stabilization, and muscle density. It is a true fact that if more muscle is supporting the joint, less injury would occur. Weight training will help stabilize your joints and strengthen your muscles, which will enhance race endurance.
I was chosen to be the Fitness Ambassador for the 2014 News Years Race and I spoke to hundreds of runners that frowned upon picking up a dumbbell. Little do they know that by balancing both forms of exercise that their journey will have less complications. For example, what body part do runners frequently complain about? Their KNEES! Reason being because their knees lack muscle throughout their joints. Runners have a misalignment in their bones because of the physical stress that is not evenly distributed amongst the body. Believe it or not, picking up a dumbbell will help this issue.
The best weight exercises to protect runner’s knee are squats, lunges, leg press, leg extension, and leg curl machines. It’s always important to lift with repetition with moderate weight. The best time to incorporate these exercises in your fitness routine are on non-running days.
I am not asking you to be a bodybuilder but I am suggesting weight-training should be added into every runners fitness routine.
Fitmark Ambassador 2014