When it comes to preventing knee pain, knee strengthening exercises are the way to go. In fact, as a runner, if you are plagued with knee pain and you are serious about preventing any future pain, or God Forbid, serious knee injury, then you should really start working on adding strength to your knees by doing the exercises I’m going to share with you today.
unning is a cardiovascular exercise per excellence... But, truth be told, hitting the pavement is just one cardio option, and there are other ways, more and less beneficial to some degree, to get a cardio kick. Of course, I still love running pretty much. But sometimes a little bit of change can do wonders to motivation and training consistency—especially if you are injured, burned out, or just bored. See, the benefits of cross training abound. Therefore, if you have trouble running—whether you are nursing an injury, are burned out or just looking to spice things up—know that you have quite a lot of alternatives. 6 Cardio Workout Alternatives to Running
As a runner, strength training is crucial, especially if you’re serious about reaching your full potential. I cannot emphasize this enough! Why should you lift weights...
First things first, hip flexors are a group of skeletal muscles located in the upper thighs and the pelvis region, linking the legs to the pelvis. These muscles connect the thigh bone—known as the femur—to the pelvis. The primary hip flexor muscles are the psoas major and the iliacus— collectively known as the iliopsoas, which is usually the weakest of all of the muscles. Other hip flexor muscles include the sartorius, tensor fascia latae, and rectus femoris. The Functions These powerful muscles are used in every stride when walking, running, and sprinting. Some of the main functions of hip flexors include:
Resistance bands are usually made of strong, thin, and long rubber with handles at each end, and come in a wide variety of resistance levels, depending on your fitness skill and training goals. You can buy these in line with your fitness level and training goals—in other words, they are easily customized. In my experience, resistance band exercises are one of the best tools you can use to keep strength training when you no longer have access to a gym or just dot want to go there for all personal reasons. Also, stacking dumbells in your living room might be an attractive option.