Improve your cardiovascular endurance by lifting weights.
This month’s Men’s Health magazine claims that working with weights will increase your cardio endurance.
“Bulking up does more than just turn heads: Resistance training improves cardio endurance. In a 12-Week Norwegian study, cross-country skiers who lifted weights and did cardio were better at fighting off fatigue than the skiers who did only cardio. “
The study’s author Thomas Losnegard Ph.D explains that the increased upper-body mass aids in blood flow to the working muscles thus making oxygen move with more efficiency.
-My take:Clients of mine who are die-hard daily runners have always reported positive feedback in regards to weight training programs that I give them. Be careful not to over train the muscles (especially the legs if you are a runner), but 2-3 sets of 2-3 compound leg exercises with moderate intensity once a week will help you climb hills and change speed with less effort thus making your run less taxing. -Josh