With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this week’s Friday Five theme is “love”. If you’re looking for a sappy post- sorry! You’ve come to the wrong place. Last year I wrote about reasons to love running in February, and this year I want to talk about why runners should love strength training.
If you have been following along this year, you know that I started working with Drew and Tina last spring. I’ve been following an individualized strength training plan that’s helped me to get back to running after battling a long term injury. But that’s not the only reason to love strength training! You have probably already heard that it’s really beneficial for runners. In case you’re still not strength training, here are some reasons to start!
1. It can help prevent injury
Let’s face it- runners get injured all the time. One of the biggest reasons for injury is due to muscle imbalances that lead to overuse of certain muscles. Strength training can help prevent injury by working the muscles that are important for running, especially the glutes and hip abuctors. However, overall strength training is important because we also need a strong upper body for running.
2. It’s a way to change things up
Running is a repetitive motion, and our bodies need different movements to stay balanced. It’s also important to do different workouts besides just long, slow, cardio workouts. Strength training sessions add variety for our minds and bodies.
3. You will get strong and lean
You’ve heard that muscle burns more calories than fat, right? If you’re looking to lose weight, strength training will help you more than just running tons of miles every single day. And don’t worry- you won’t get super bulky! Strength training will not only help you to get strong, but can also help you to get lean.
4. It can help you get faster
Strength training is a great way to build the muscles that we need for strong, powerful running. It’s also less demanding on the body than doing a lot of speed work. Even just 1-2 strength training sessions a week can help to improve your speed, while also preventing you from overtraining.
5. Helps to Improve more than just your running
A good strength training routine will also help with your posture, functional strength, and will prepare you for other types of sports (if that’s something you do). Basically, strength training can help prepare you for life. As we (women especially) get older, our muscle mass decreases so it’s important to consistently strength train to prevent any injuries or problems later on.
So this Valentine’s Day, make a date with some weights or resistance bands. (After you’ve enjoyed some chocolate and wine of course.)
How often do you strength training?
What benefits do you see from consistent strength training?
What is your favorite way to strength train?