LOWER BODY STRENGTH EXERCISES Linzay Logan offers up 3 lower body strength exercises in an article for Competitor.com, “The Four Best Strength Training Exercises For Runners”. The link has been added to the RESOURCES page. She indicates generally on page three that core work is important, and shows a runner performing a plank without describing a specific exercise. This post is primarily focused on helping you find exercises to strength the lower part of your body.
If you have not yet identified a routine to help you accomplish this part of your training, you may wish to try these three: double leg squat, single leg dead-lift, and single leg squat. If you don’t have a formal weight to use for the dead-lift exercise, try filling a plastic milk gallon jug with water to use as a weighted object.
If you cannot easily perform the single leg squat from a free-standing position, try holding on to a railing or chair to steady yourself or lowering yourself onto a hard flat chair seat or bench. These exercises work on improving balance as well as strength, but if your balance needs work, it could make the move dangerous or too difficult. If you are wobbly, see if holding onto or touching a nearby support will enable to you perform better. As your strength increases it will become easier and you will need less support.
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