What muscles work when running?

Natalya Vavilova
Natalya Vavilova
February 13, 2013
What muscles work when running?

Often, people who want to strengthen their muscles, improve their health and build, forget about the most simple and inexpensive way to do this - running. Some go "iron", someone is engaged in the house or visiting the pool. Of course, all these methods are good, but running is more efficient and suits almost everyone. But many people have a question, what muscles work when running? After all, everyone wants to get, in the end, a sporty and harmonious figure.

Overall picture

Running is a great and very effective way to become sportier and healthier. It strengthens almost all the muscles of the legs (calf, thigh). Therefore, those who want to strengthen their legs and create an elegant relief for them, may well take up a run. The abdominal muscles are very productive. They are not remembered while running, but in vain. Tummy tightened. The muscles that work while running are also the muscles of the arms. Contrary to the beliefs of many - they also work while running. A person has to keep balance, maintain coordination, and here the help of hands is invaluable.

Proper running - that is, a uniform load, not too heavy for a beginner, massages and strengthens the muscles of the heart. Our main engine is subjected to a natural and very useful load, which is beneficial for overall health. In fact, the muscles of the heart - the main muscles that work while running. Vessels will say "thank you" to you after two weeks of regular runs.

The respiratory system is trained and developed. Often, beginners can not run for a long time not so much because of tired muscles of the legs, but because of the loss of breathing rhythm. The one who runs starts gasping for breath, and proceeds to step to regain his breath.

What you should know

  • Muscles that work while running will not become larger, everyone should know this. Some try to increase the missing volume. And some, on the contrary, refuse to practice, worrying that the legs will become like a football player. Although at first, leg muscles may increase slightly. This phenomenon is temporary, soon the legs will begin to decrease in volume, and at a fairly accelerated pace.
  • Running uphill is effective and burns more calories. However, this mode does not actually allow loading the back of the thigh.But the front will train completely. Therefore, run uphill should not be abused if you want to distribute the load evenly. Normal running on a flat surface gives optimum load on the back of the thigh.
  • Running is very convenient for those who want to develop further. That is, in order to prepare the body for power loads, it is enough to start with small runs. So, you will create excellent conditions for further muscle development.
  • There are downsides to running. Sometimes creates an unbearable load on the joints. People may suffer especially if they weigh more than eighty kilograms. Therefore, you should not give yourself maximum tasks at once, as this can lead to more serious complications than overweight.