As a runner, you should balance your running with 2 to 3 days of. I used to believe that would build up my muscles and hinder my running but in fact there are benefits to acquiring strength in your legs and upper body. Here are a few reasons why strength training is important for runners.
It will help you run longer, stronger and definitely help you push up those hills faster. You will also be able to recover from longer runs faster because strength training makes your body more efficient.
If you are injury prone like myself, it’s very important to build up muscles around your knees and hips which are big problems areas for runners. Strength training will stabilize those areas and reduce risk of repetitive stress injuries.
Yes, building muscle will help you burn more calories during the day and more beneficial to you than the amount of calories lost during a run.
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