|Is running a part of your fitness regime?
Running can be an excellent way of keeping fit, clearing your mind and getting some fresh air.
Running can also be hard on the body, especially if you’re running outside, for longer distances or multiple times a week.
Decrease your risk of injury
As you run, the force of about 3 times your body weight is placed through each leg. Having the muscular strength and stability to absorb that force each step will minimize the load through your joints and reduce your risk of pain or injury. Check out our post on How to Treat and Prevent Runners Knee if you experience knee pain from running.
Improve muscle activation
Unfortunately, just because you have the muscles doesn’t mean you’re always using them – sometimes muscles get lazy! Strength training is a great way to improve muscle activation and recruitment. Strengthening muscles in isolation, progressing to multi-joint and running-specific exercise can retrain muscle recruitment patterns and make sure all the right muscles are contributing to your run.
Improve biomechanics and running economy
Biomechanics is a fancy term for how you produce movement. Strengthening the muscles that support your body in ideal alignment while running can improve your biomechanics and result in more efficient use of energy. In other words, improving your movement patterns means less wasted energy and faster running! Even trained distance runners have shown improvements of up to 8% in running economy following a period of resistance training.
How to reduce your risk of injury