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Fit Tip: Runners Should Balance Out Leg Muscles

If you, like me, spend a lot of time running (on the treadmill or outside) then you're definitely giving your hamstrings a nice workout, which is awesome. Keep in mind, though, that it is important to work opposing muscles in order to keep your body alignment and balance in check. This does not mean you need to start running backwards (unless you want to, of course). Instead, just be sure to work your quads (the hamstrings opposing muscle group) a few times a week and doing so should help balance out all the great running you're doing.

And in case you're wondering . . . a good, no fuss exercise that is a surefire way to work your quads is squats.

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misswaikiki misswaikiki 9 years
i hate squats...what else can I do?
travelgirl-jp travelgirl-jp 9 years
Good to know! I do 3 miles on my treadmill every day, and I never realized that I needed to work my quads to balance things out.
goatimpact goatimpact 9 years
I have a quad imbalance where I keep straining my VMO muscle (the front inner quad) when running if I increase my speed. Are there any suggestions for balancing the muscles of the quads?
MindayH MindayH 9 years
squats & lunges = pretty much the main lower body workout I get
corduroy1 corduroy1 9 years
does going backwards on an elliptical machine do the same thing??
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