THE SPEED SKATER EXERCISE
When a patient comes to me it’s very often that they’re just running. No strength training. No stretching. Just logging miles because they would “rather be running.”
“Just running” works for a bit, but it’s also the quickest way to land yourself in my or another Physical Therapy office.
If you remember from my last post, the best way to protect your foot, knee, and hip is to strengthen the hips. Truthfully, it’s more than injury prevention. A well designed strength program will help you run stronger, but it will also help your overall fitness and health.
THE SPEED SKATER is a great addition to the lunges I mentioned a few days ago. It will directly target your balance and hip strength — and you’ll definitely feel it, too.
As you look at simply running more, consider adding these couple exercises into the mix — you’ll find yourself running faster, stronger, and most importantly — getting injured far less.
Steve Gonser PT DPT
Steve Gonser is an accomplished runner. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon in six consecutives races, completing two full Ironman events, and he even dabbled in the sport of ultramarathon. As a physical therapist in Buffalo, NY, Steve is constantly pairing his witty, somewhat sarcastic humor, with leading treatment techniques to get injured runners back on the road and performing their best. [/ezcol_3quarter]
Speed Skater, Plus Many More
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