Lots of runners don’t usually think much about strength training. But you should! Studies show that strength training keeps the calories burning for up to 21 hours post work out! Muscle burns more calories. Plus, when you add strength training, you become faster, stronger and more injury proof. So at least one day a week try cutting your cardio time in half and add pushups, lunges, and planks. You’ll be done in half the time and with better results to boot!
Need more incentive to add strength training to your routine?
Research shows that the more muscle mass you have, the longer you live. Rather than worrying about weight or BMI, consider your muscle mass. People over 50 with greater muscle mass, tend to live longer lives.
Additionally, strong muscles makes everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs, and daily household projects much easier.
So add some strength training to your routine! It doesn’t need to be difficult. You can use weights, resistance bands or even your own body weight.
Need help getting started? Make sure to ask one of our degreed exercise physiologists for help developing a custom routine just right for you!