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Running is a great way to work out your hamstrings, so working on your quads is key to keeping your leg muscles balanced and for preventing injuries like runner's knee. To strengthen your quads, try adding squats to your routine.
If you've talked to regular runners, chances are you've heard them complain about IT band injuries or knee pain. Be proactive about these injuries by making sure you stretch out your IT band regularly, even if you aren't feeling any pain. Use a foam roller on the outside of your quads or do this standing exercise after a run to ensure you keep your IT band loose.
Counteract all that forward-moving motion you're doing with exercises that get you moving side to side. Exercises like side lunges and side planks help strengthen stabilizing muscles, which are important for ensuring you're running correctly and efficiently. Doing skater's lunges are also beneficial.
Exercises that twist your trunk and spine can help realign your vertebrae, open your lungs, and increase your torso flexibility, all important for maintaining good form and posture, as well as preventing injuries, while you run.
Improperly carrying weight on one side can lead to overuse injuries. Keep yourself balanced when your walk, stand, or run by incorporating these quick balancing exercises (as simple as standing on one foot for a minute!) into your day.
Start running the right way with these exercises for running newbies.
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