What do you think of when you imagine weight lifting? Does an Arnold Schwarzenegger burly-type man come into your imagination? Or maybe the thought of a stinky gym with sweaty people hanging around comes to mind. Chances are a lean, strong, agile runner is not the first image that pops up when thinking of weight lifting. But maybe it should be.
In all actuality, weight lifting is a perfect companion to running. The combination does many different positives for the human body. Here’s a look at why you should consider doing both, running and strength training.
- It will create more of a lean body build. Now this goes exactly against the image of Mr. Schwarzenegger, but depending on the way that you weight lift, you can actually use weights to create a leaner, more ready-to-run physique. Just be sure to do a high amount of reps at a lighter weight. This helps you stay away from bulking up, while still increasing strength.