That is a great question...are squats or lunges better? I think it depends on what muscle group you are targeting. Squats seem more of a hamstring/butt kind of exercise and lunges seem more like knees/ quads. That is just my guess. I hate lunges as they hurt my knees if I am not slow and deliberate about them but squats are fun! Make sure your weight is in your heels, not on your toes and "sit". I like to do them before I watch TV at night. I pretend like I will sit on the couch but don't.....repeat as needed:)
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Fitness Minutes: (54,520) Posts: 777 1/21/13 4:49 P
As for your question, running does NOT count as strength training for the lower body (although it will give you stronger muscles). You should still work on a variety of lower body ST exercises. The ones Nancy mentions are great.
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Fitness Minutes: (54,520) Posts: 777 1/21/13 2:23 P
I'm not sure if you're asking if you need to do lower body ST in general, or if you should do it on days you run.
It is very important you keep strength training your lower body. But, if you run the same day you do upper body, I don't see why you can't do lower body the days you don't run. Especially if you find yourself fatigued either running or ST. And, if you become sore from ST, running is a great way to flush that lactic acid out of your muscles the next day!
I had an injury during my marathon training, and the best guess of what caused it was an inbalance of flexibility and strength in my lower body. So, make sure you stretch well, and do some lateral lunges!!
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Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 1/21/13 7:44 A
Welcome to the team and welcome to running! I hope you find it as much fun as I do.
You still need to do strength training for your lower body, not only to build the muscles for strength but to help stabilize the joints that are supported by strong muscles. Squats, lunges, lateral lunges are great lower body exercises.
I hope this helps!
Fitness Minutes: (54,520) Posts: 777 1/21/13 12:28 A
Question: I know running is cardio rather than strength training. On days I run, I try to also do some upper body and core work. But should I also be doing strength training for the lower body? Or does running count as strength training for the lower body?
I am a rookie runner currently finishing week 2 of a c25k program.
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