5 Hip Strengthening Exercises All Runners Should Do
Hey guys, welcome back. So glad, you’ve decided to join me for today’s blog which is a workout focused on strengthening hips for runners.
If you’re a runner and you’re not doing anything to strengthen your hips- there is no better time than now to hop on the hip-strengthening train! Strong hips are so important to prevent injury and aches and pains that many runners experience.
The jarring, and pounding motion of running puts a lot of pressure on the feet, ankles, knees, hips, lower back, and all the muscles, joints, tendons, etc. in between. And without a strong core (hips, abs, obliques, low back) holding your body in the correct position as you run, it’s only a matter of time before you start feeling aches and pains throughout the lower body.
As a corrective exercise specialist, I can’t tell you how many runners experience low-back pain, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, IT Band Syndrome, etc., etc. whose symptoms are improved by simply strengthening the core!
Plus, huge benefit- increasing core stability will help you run for faster and longer without tiring out. Who doesn’t want to be faster?
Add this routine to the end of your run for a quick but effective way to work your hips.
Complete 3 rounds of 10-15 reps of each exercise below. (Don’t forget to switch legs Fire Hydrants, Cats, Hamstring Reach, and Side Plank with Hip Abduction).
I recommend completing this routine 2-3 days a week, as well as incorporating some ab/oblique/lower back work. I will link a few of my favorite routines for these groups here: (8 Exercises for Rock Hard Abs, 5 Bench Exercises to Challenge Your Abs)