Welcome to the latest edition of Workout Wednesday. As you are reading this, I am traveling to Las Vegas for the annual IDEA World fitness convention and Blogfest with Fit Approach. I plan to have a lot of sweaty good times reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and learning about the latest in fitness and blogging while earning continuing education credits for my certifications. I'm sure I will learn a lot that I can share with you!
If you've been following along, each Wednesday I have been unveiling a new component of my Fit to Run strength training for runners program. We are about to wrap up month two, but I decided to include a bonus hip strengthening workout for runners.
Have you missed any of the month two workouts?
Hip strength is important for runners to develop because when you run a lot of miles with weak or underdeveloped hips it can lead to all sorts of problems. Strengthening your hips will support your hips, IT band and knees. A few minutes focusing on strengthening these muscles will go a long way in staying healthy (aka not injured) and on the road.
This workout is five minutes long, so even when you don't have time for one of the longer workouts in this series (all under 20 minutes) you can at least get in a hip strengthening workout after your run.
Your body will adapt in a few weeks so in order to keep improving you will need to advance the exercises. Start the exercises as suggested but as you get stronger, you can add additional reps or sets and/or add resistance bands to make the exercises more difficult in order to keep progressing.
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HIP HIP (STRENGTH) HOORAY: 5 MINUTES HIP STRENGTHENING WORKOUT FOR RUNNERS
This workout can be done with no additional equipment. In this workout, I am using:
SIDE LEG RAISES
Lie on your side with your legs stacked on top of one another. Lift your top leg about 45 degrees before lowering. Perform the exercise for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
ADVANCED: SIDE PLANK LEG RAISES
You can advance the side leg raises exercise by performing the exercise in a straight arm side plank position. Stack your wrist, elbow and shoulder so they are in a straight line. Engage your core muscles and lift and lower the top leg for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
ADDUCTOR LEG RAISES
Lie on your left side, bend your right knee and place your right floor on floor in front of your left knee. This will get your right leg out of the way so you can perform the exercise. Lift your left leg up as high as possible and then lower. Repeat for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds, then repeat on the other leg. To advance this exercise, hold the working leg in the high position for 20 seconds.
Lie on your side with your knees bent and your legs and ankles together. Open and close your knees like a clam by lifting your top knee up and lowering it. Repeat for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then repeat on the other leg. Progress the exercise by adding a resistance band to your thighs.
Starting on all fours, kick your back leg up behind you while keeping your knee bent until your leg is inline with your back and your foot is parallel to the ceiling, then lower back to the ground. Repeat with the same leg for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then repeat on the other leg. Progress the exercise by adding a resistance band.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and lift your hips off the floor while engaging your glutes and abs (squeeze everything as tights as you can during the exercise). Your body should be in a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Bring your right leg in towards your chest to march. Lower your right leg then march with your left leg all while keeping your core tight. Alternate legs for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then alternate legs again for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds.
Ok runners, pinky swear you will try to work in at least five minutes of hip strengthening exercises after your next run. Let me know how it goes.
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