NIKE RUN CLUB PREACHES, like EarnedRuns does, that symmetrical (both sides of your body are about equal) flexibility/mobility, balance, and strength, are important to efficient (your energy is spent moving forward rather than side to side) running. The NRC published a short piece, "Be A Stronger Runner" that allows you to identify and fix, with exercise, 3 common problem areas that can lead to running weaknesses:
Tight hip flexors
Lateral hip weakness
Remember the “FIX ONE BROKEN WINDOW” series that suggested you work on improving balance? The initial BLOG post was Feb 25, with the balance series posted March 14 and 22. Note that the image accompanying the NRC item featured today shows runners performing the simple balance exercise of standing on one leg. THIS IS ANOTHER EXERCISE MOVE THAT WILL HELP YOU DIAGNOSE AND TREAT AN "IMBALANCE" (in balance). Stand on your right leg while pulling your left leg up, knee to chest as best you can. Try to hold this stance for 30 seconds on the right and then the left leg. That’s one repetition. Repeat the move on each side 2 more times (2 more reps). Work up to holding it 30 seconds if it’s too difficult, or simply lift your lower left leg off the ground instead of pulling it to your chest. Ultimately shoot for standing on each leg for 2 minutes. If you notice an asymmetry (easier to balance on the right or left leg), work a bit more on the weaker side by adding an extra rep on that side. Have a railing, chair, wall, or something else sturdy and stable next to you to prevent a fall.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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