EXERCISES TO BECOMING A BETTER RUNNER
The secret of becoming a better, faster and stronger runner is to become more conscious of your running form which will make one gain greater speed with reduced tendency to injury. The following exercises or drills depending on your point of view will improve your running form in many ways. What they basically help the body to achieve is a stronger key running muscles and an improved range of motion, improved nerve-muscle coordination and by increasing one’s mindset to a good running form.
In becoming the best, most proficient runner there is, just running or jogging isn’t enough. Running involves great deal of strength to move those long pairs accordingly and proficiently. Training that strength is one of the single most important exercises that can help you run at the desired pace, speed and vigor. Carrying out physical activities that increasingly strengthen your core and upper body are just as needful as increasing the strengthof your basic running muscles which are the hamstrings and the glutes.
Running, for some people can be a past time, something done occasionally at leisure periods and for others it’s a tiresome routine. Irrespective of where you belong in this categories, there’s need for improving your running pace, strength and vigor and here are 5 physical activities you can indulge in to become a better runner.
1. Supine Bridge Leg Lift:
HOW TO: You need to lie on your back (supine position),your weight should be on your heels and elbows;now lift your hips and maintain a straight line position from your shoulders to your toes. While you are maintaining a solid and firm core and not bending at the waist region, then you need tolift up the right leg for about eight inches off the ground, maintain this position for about 3 seconds. Repeat the same steps with theother leg.
Always remember that the principle to any core training procedure is consistency, after a period of about two month,significant improvements will be noticed in how you feel when running. Chances are you may run a bit faster too.
2. Bodyweight Squats:
HOW TO:Keep a standing position with the feet about hip distance apart and the toes forward facing. Sit back as if on a seat behind you while preventing your knees from drifting beyond the toes. Sit in this position until you start feeling the engagement of your glutes and hamstrings. You will know when you start feeling tension in these muscles. Then stand up. Do this for about 8 to 12 times, and be sure to add weight when this process becomes too easy.
Squats hit a lot of running-specific muscles;it doesn’t require any special equipment or gadgets and can easily be added to after-run routine.
3. Single-Leg Deadlifts
HOW TO: While you’re holding free weights to the front of your body, you should bend one knee, then hinge forward at the waist line and lift the next leg behind you. Put down the weights (still holding them lower) keep them close to the top of the legs until you get to just below the knees.
Do these exercises for three or four times in a week and in a very short while, you will be stronger, faster and less prone to injury. You just might possibly cross your next finish line with a new jaw-cracking record.
In conclusion, the old way of thinking that training to be a better runner involves running on a slight downhill which will force you to run faster is no more with most sprint coaches I’ve come across, they instead recommend getting stronger and practicing getting up to speed faster to simply perfect on your running form,. You may try taking faster, shorter steps as you begin a running session and be sure your feet land under the hips each time.