Strength Training and Jogging--Total Body Workout.
"Running works your lower body but what about your upper body? Try Strength Training"
You do not need to looking a hulking body builder but you do need enough training to work the upper body. There is no point having a great pair of legs but a flabby tummy and weak arms.
Toning and strengthening upper body muscles will also ensure stronger core and abdominal muscles. These is essential for keep your upper body strong and upright in a long run or marathon event.
So people, get yourselves to a gym and work those abs and muscles.
Benefits of Weight Training
Joggers and Runners have typically strong legs especially hamstring muscles. But their backs, abs and quadriceps could use a good regular workout.
Tight and inflexible quadriceps will lead to knee and back injuries. A complete strength training programme that includes exercises to increase flexibility will lessen injuries and prevent osteoporosis.
For variety try Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates to work core and abdominal muscles.
Resistance training should be done at least once a week. If you do not have the time to hit the gym after your jog or run, do repetitive push-ups or use any type of weights....dictionaries, filled water bottles, cans whatever heavy object you can find lying around the house!
Full body workout
You need to work both the upper and lower body and core muscles. Just because you jog, does not mean you can neglect your lower body.
How to Start
1. Begin with the very basics and work all major muscle groups.
2. Do 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions for each exercise. Increase gradually as your body strength increases.
3. Do it slowly and patiently.When done slowly, your muscles will feel the resistance. Take your time.
These exercises should typically consist of leg extensions, hamstring curls, calf raises. These are to designed to work your leg muscles.
Upper body resistance training will consist of bicep curls, triceps extension, ab crunches, back strengthening exercises.
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