Weights and Wine

Real quick! If you guys could do me a HUGE favor! I am registered for the Runner's World Cover Contest and am hoping to get your vote! You can vote for me here! Share with your friends!!! Thank yoooou!

So I have decided to invent Weights and Wine Wednesdays. I am sure it will take off just like Mancrush Mondays and Throwback Thursdays. ;-)

Just drink responsibly when you are using weights! No one needs to lose a foot over my new weekly holiday.

Speaking of weights, however, I have been getting back in to it after a several month hiatus. After the wedding, I had zero desire to strength train. I was just too busy! But it wasn't until I stopped that I truly noticed the benefits of maintaining a regular strength training workout.

Running can only do so much to keep you in shape. Building up your muscles definitely has it's many advantages.,,

  1. You burn more calories. For every pound of muscle that you gain, your body typically uses about 4 - 7 calories (http://www.active.com/running/articles/3-reasons-strength-training-will-benefit-your-run). This will definitely help shed those extra pounds you put on during the winter/holiday season.
  2. It prevents running injuries. The more you strengthen your injury-prone areas, the less likely those areas will be subject to future injuries. For example, squats can help reduce many lower leg injuries. 
  3. Improved running form. Strengthening your core through weight training will help you be able to hold your form for longer periods of time.
  4. You'll run faster. With an improved running form, you will be able to slash seconds or even minutes off your pace.
  5. Increased endurance. You will be able to perform stronger for longer. Great for that half or full marathon you have been training for!

I only do strength training 2-3 times/week. I do legs one day, arms another, and abs if I have the time.

I have also thrown in a plank challenge that I do. I do two days of planks, one day off, then resume.

I have been on a roll for about 3 weeks now and feel so much better! Before I took back on the weights, I started feeling puffy and I felt like my running was taking a toll. Now, I feel like I am getting out of my rut and my fit body is coming back! Just in time for the summer!

Do you strength train? What are your must-do exercises?

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