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Although it is true that we can lose weight by running more miles, it is also true that as we age, we should be concerned about maintaining our muscle mass. Muscle mass helps us maintain our metabolism rate.

Fat-free mass (muscle, bones, organs) (FFM) is metabolically active (calorie-burning) tissue so the more you have, the higher your metabolism. If two individuals were the same height and weight, the one with more FFM would have the higher metabolic rate.

Runners need circuit training. Circuit training is especially helpful for beginner runners or injury-prone athletes who aren’t ready to handle an increase in mileage, but do have the time to do more aerobic exercise.

To off-set the natural decline in metabolism that comes with age, start and continue a weight training program (circuit training) and do it 2-3 days per week to preserve lean muscle mass.

Strength training that is geared more towards runners is more specific to the exercises that will help your running opposed to just going to the gym and working out on the machines or weights that they provide for you. Plan 30 minute strength training for 3 times a week.

Investing in a trainer or cross training classes specific for runners so that you can learn the exercises that will benefit you in a good investment.

Here at Imagine we offer a variety of strength building circuit classes throughout the week. CLICK HERE to view our class schedule.


Article written and submitted by: Gina Mallina, Run Ann Arbor