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The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults perform resistance exercises for each of the major muscle groups two or more times per week. It’s especially important for runners – a strong musculature can better absorb the impact stress of repetitive footstrikes – so we recommend doing 15-minute sessions like this one three times per week.
Reverse Crunch with Exercise Ball
• Roll over the ball so your hands are on the floor in front of it. Walk your hands out until they’re below your shoulders and your lower legs rest on the ball. Bend your knees and hips to pull the ball in (pictured at left), then roll it back. Repeat for 60 seconds.
• Place your left foot on a box that allows your thigh to be parallel to the ground. Push through your left heel and leg to stand, then step down with your right leg. Repeat 30 seconds, then switch sides.
Hip Extension Leg Curl with Exercise Ball
• Lie on the floor with your heels atop the ball and your arms by your sides. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line. Pull the ball towards your butt, then roll it back. Repeat 30 times.
• From all fours, reach forward with your right arm and backward with your left leg so both are parallel to the floor. Hold three seconds, return to starting position, then switch sides. Do 15 reps on each side.
Single-Leg Wall Squat with Exercise Ball •
Wedge the ball between your back and a wall. Step out and lower into a squat. Extend your right leg, push through your left leg to stand, then lower. Repeat 20 times, then switch sides.
Kickback with Resistance Band •
While standing, loop a resistance band just above your ankles. Lift your right foot just off the ground and drive it behind you. Pause, then return to starting position. Do 15 reps, then switch sides.
Single-Leg Bridge/Pelvic Thrust
• Lie on your back, feet under your knees. Straighten your left leg and push through your right heel to raise your butt. Pause, then slowly lower. Do 20 reps, then switch sides.
Dumbbell Clocker Shoulder Raise
• Hold light dumbbells. Imagining that you’re at the centre of a clock facing 12, raise your arms until they’re parallel to the ground at clock position 12, then lower. Repeat at 1 and 11, 2 and 10, and 3 and 9. Perform this sequence 4 more times.