Richard Weil, MEd, CDE, is an exercise physiologist and Certified Diabetes Educator, and is director of the New York Obesity Research Center Weight Loss Program at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Running uses the muscles in the thighs
(quadriceps), the backs of the legs (hamstrings), calves, hips, low back, and
buttocks, and the upper body cannot be ignored since you use your torso (back
and abdominal muscles) as well as your arms and shoulders to help you stabilize,
balance, and move forward. Here are a few tips for running-based muscle
Run up and down hills to focus on tightening and toning your thighs
Doing speed work or intervals (where you sprint for a few
minutes at high speeds and then recover at a slower pace) is comparable to leg
exercises in the gym (leg press, leg extension, etc.), so you can skip your leg
work on the days that you do these workouts.
Run backward if you want to work
your ankles, lower back, and thighs (hamstrings and quadriceps) and improve your