Strengthens the glutes and hip abductors, which play an important role in maintaining the stability of the pelvis when running.
Weak hip abductors are linked to a number of common running injuries such as iliotibial band syndrome (ITB) and patellofemoral pain (runners knee).
Stand with your hands on your hips and one knee bend to 90° with the heel raised behind you. Slowly raise the hip on the side of the raised leg and hold for 2 seconds. Then lower as far as it will go. Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
“I always loved running ... it was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
- Jesse Owens