Running can be fun, but sometimes we need to vary our routine a little to help improve our fitness, work different muscles and keep it both interesting and challenging.
So if you’re used to getting your trainers on and pounding the pavement or trail for 15 minutes, half an hour or an hour, get ready for this week’s challenge.
We’re going to introduce some leg exercises to your running routine. Strong legs are really important for running (obviously!) and working on strengthening your legs also helps prevent injuries. Brilliant! Where do I begin I hear you ask.
Whether you run for 15 minutes or hours on end, breaking your run up to introduce some leg exercises can really help build your strength up. But please, only do what you’re comfortable with. You can intersperse the exercises with some light jogging to help relax the muscles, and the number of repetitions and exercises is completely up to you.
Here are a few different leg exercises you can do – all will work different muscles.
Squats (these are just as effective without stairs)
Don’t forget to warm up before your work out and cool down afterwards. You’ll need to stretch after all those leg exercises.
Another great exercise for the legs is running up and down stairs, so if you come across some on your running route, why not give it a bash? See if you can build up the number of times you can run up and down the stairs over the coming weeks and months?
So, give it a go and let me know how you get on!