How to Become a Better Runner Part 3

5 exercises to strengthen your feet, ankles, Achilles, calves and shins

In part one of the become a better runner series, we discussed how core strength prevents injury. In part two, we explored why runners should devote time to strengthening their posterior chains (hips, hamstrings and glutes). In the third and final piece of this series, we tackle the easily forgotten lower third of the body: the ankles, Achilles, calves, shins and feet.

When running, the feet are the first and last thing to touch the ground. Muscle dysfunction occurring in the lower leg can alter your running mechanics, eventually resulting in discomfort and possibly injury. Many of these issues can be avoided by simply foam rolling and strengthening these areas; find out how to keep your lower legs and feet healthy.

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