7 Tips On How You Can Run Faster By Spring
Now that the frost begins to take a stranglehold of the weather, most of us begin to pack away our trainers and wrap up at home. However, this shouldn’t be a time for slacking – it should be a time where you kick on and progress all the way through until the warmer months.
This is where we cross over to Huffington Post, which has a great article for all you runners out there on how you can use this winter to your advantage. They outline seven key areas that will help you improve your mobility, stability and strength before the race season gets back underway:
1. Build A Strong Behind
Many runners are plagued with inactive glutes and weak hips. Due to the inordinate amount of sitting we do in our daily lives, our behinds tend to be unresponsive, compromising their ability to do their job when we need them, like during a race. In fact, research shows that weak hip and bum muscles are often to blame for running injuries.
In terms of mechanics, strong glutes help you drive off the ground in order to run more efficiently. Single-leg glute bridges are a great way to strengthen this area.
2. Practice Toe Yoga
Your feet play an important role in running. Not only do they absorb the impact upon landing, they also help generate the force required to propel you forward when you run. Yet, according to Dicharry, many runners have weak feet and poor foot coordination. How can you make your feet more resilient? Practice toe yoga!
It also has a great treadmill workout at the bottom of the post which you can do at the gym. So what are you waiting for? Build yourself a solid running foundation this January and you’ll be smashing personal bests for fun by the time spring arrives.
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About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.