Okay, bear with me while I launch into all things training for the next couple of months! In the spirit of running and injury prevention, here’s are some great resistance band workouts that my physical therapist has me do, some of them with the band and some without. It’s great for strengthening around your hips & knees, keeping runners less prone to injury. Don't forget to keep up with your strength training too! It's important not to ignore muscles underused in the act of running, just because you think they’re not necessary. Remember, your muscles all work together and it can be helpful to think of your body’s movements as part of an overall linked chain.
And remember, if you have aches and pains, get them checked out to make sure they're not serious!
You can do these workouts in your living room, outside, in the gym, or wherever you please. Best of all- all you need is a resistance band and yourself!
LATERAL LUNGES (shown without band)
KNEE EXTENSIONS (shown seated)
KNEE EXTENSIONS (shown standing)
PLANK ALTERNATING STEP OUTS (shown without band)
HIP FLEXOR STRETCH
Dream Big. Work Hard.