So how do top level athletes manage to avoid the 66% injury rate and stay in their sport? By incorporating other strengthening exercises into their routines.
If you are not doing any leg strengthening exercises, then now is a great time to start, especially if you're thinking about getting back into running or increasing your distance in the near future.
I recommend that you start with the classic forward lunge. It's a fantastic exercise to add to your routine as it targets your quads, hamstrings, and glutes, as well as works on the flexibility of your hips. Most of us are pretty tight in the hips from sitting all day and this exercise will target the problem areas.
To perform a forward lunge, start in standing and take a step forward so that your right leg so your knee is over your ankle. Lower your body until your left knee taps the ground. Step back, and repeat on with the other leg.
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Dr. Christine Walker
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