How to Get Stronger on Rest Day
Following a running schedule to help you complete your first virtual race? Then you’ve probably noticed the days scheduled as rest day for runners each week. If you’re the type of person who can’t fathom the thought of a true rest day, then you might be relieved to know that you can still do other types of workouts to help you get stronger on your days off from running.
Lift Weights at the Gym
While training for your race, there’s no doubt that you’re getting plenty of cardiovascular exercise. So you don’t really need to do anymore cardio on your rest days. Hence, it might be a good idea to focus on strength training instead. However, don’t work your legs too much because you don’t want to tired them out before your next run. Instead, try to spend most of your weight training session working on your arms and the rest of your upper body.
Do Push Ups
Want to strengthen your upper body but don’t have access to the gym? Then do push ups. You won’t need any equipment to do them. Plus, you can do them just about anywhere. Best of all, the chances of injuring yourself while doing push ups is slim to none. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about accidentally hurting yourself right before you next long run.
Another great way to strengthen your muscles at home is to do pilates. Requiring great concentration and precision to do, it’s vastly different from running. However, the change of pace can be nice every now and then.