When you think about what muscles help you in running, you’re probably focusing on your lower body. But your upper body is just as important when it comes to improving your running performance!
Having a stronger upper body helps improve your posture and running form, which makes it easier to run faster and with less injuries. Keeping your shoulder and upper back muscles strong help you to prevent collapsing forward while running (or in day to day life). Plus the key to many upper body exercises include keeping your core tight which helps improve core strength.
Some of my favorite strength training exercises (that you don’t need weights for) include: