Do sit-ups, before or after running?
The abdominals assist in achieving a strong core, which is essential for sustaining the running posture. If you run, these exercises should be part of your training. Do you want to know if it’s better to do your abs sooner or later in the race? We’ll tell you.
There is no definite answer. Trainers agree that a runner should not only train by running, but rather supplement that basic training with strength exercises that involve muscle development such as starting to do push-ups and sit-ups. The best time to practice them will depend primarily on your goals. It’s not exactly the same to appreciate slimming as it is to want a few abs to boast about ?tablet? with. Training must be always and in all circumstances adapted. Only by taking into account your physical peculiarities, the goals you have set and the type of race you practice (kilometres, surface, speed?) will you be able to decide whether to do your abs sooner or later than running. Read on to find out more.
Which is better, do cardio first or do abs first?
If you want to stay in shape, even lose weight, and in addition to this your goal is to harden the abdomen to have a firm core that gives you greater stability in each and every stride, as a rule is preferable to do the abdominals after running or practice any other activity that involves intense cardiovascular exercise. The main advantages of working on the abs after the race, pointed out by personal trainers are:
Greater endurance in running and more effective cardio
Logically, if you start to run after an intense session of abdominals, your body will have made a previous effort that will take energy away in the race. If the abs make you start your “exhausted” running training, they don’t make much sense. It should be remembered that the burning of calories when you do cardio, begins after at least thirty minutes of exercise. If your abdominals result in you not being able to run for the minimum amount of time, you won’t be able to take advantage of one of the advantages of running: effective fat burning.
Relief for lumbar and lower body resting
Running is one of the most complete aerobic exercises, but it should not be forgotten that it is a high-impact activity. The muscles and joints of your legs work hard during the race and the lumbar area is impacted by each step. Finishing the cardio with a soft abdominal session helps to calm the lumbar tension, thanks to the range of motion involved in these exercises. In addition to this, the legs intervene very lightly, so that the abdominals are a rest for the lower extremities.
Greater definition of the core musculature
The majority of trainers recommend doing abdominal exercises after running because in this way the cardio becomes the best previous “warm-up” for and also the next strength exercise. Running involves a high consumption of energy, which is achieved, first of all, from free carbohydrates. If the hydrates are already burned in the race, when, later, you do abdominals, your body will pull the fat piles getting a greater definition of abdominal musculature.
What abdominals should I do sooner or later after running?
Running and crunches make a good team and these strength exercises should be part of your training the way and the instant you appreciate that they are most effective for you. There are no precise rules. Some runners prefer to do the abdominals before the race to harden the muscles of the log already before starting. Also, many runners choose to run and train strength on alternate days. They are all valid options with which, choose the one you prefer but remember that adding the abs to your workouts is always and at all times a great idea.
Whether you decide to do the abdominals late or early cardio, always and in all circumstances it is advisable to opt for short series of isometric abdominals, those that do not involve movement and are most suitable for runners who wish to have a steel core that assists them to progress their marks contributing, in addition to this, to avoid possible injuries.