Stronger Mind (and Hamstrings) – Women’s Running

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Brisk walking—especially uphill, with a pack—may be your path to bulletproof running legs.

Want stronger, more injury-resistant hamstrings? Perhaps, in addition to traditional strength work, you should do more walking—especially brisk walking…particularly uphill. That’s right: One of the big benefits of hiking is stronger hamstrings.

Walking, experts say, uses hamstrings more strongly than does running. After all, walking involves reaching your leg out in front of you in a motion that would be viewed as severe overstriding if you did it running. This forces you to use the hamstring (and glutes) to pull yourself forward more than you would in running, before pushing off with the quads and calves.

Step for step, walking may not be all that intense an exercise, but it has the advantage that you can do a lot of it—enough that all of that relatively low-intensity…

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