10 essential strength moves for preventing injury:
Experts agree that one of the best ways to prevent injuries is to strength train. Any weakness in your kinetic chain can compromise your form, leading to gait changes that increase your risk of getting injured. Plus, strong muscles absorb more of the force that occurs when you strike the ground, meaning less of it remains to damage your bones, joints and ligaments. Perform this routine (designed by coach and personal trainer Jeff Horowitz) two or three times per week. Start with one set of 10 reps of each exercise and work your way up to two sets of 20 reps. Squeezed for time? Focus on just doing the first five moves. These target the hip muscles that keep your pelvis stable while you run, which is critical for injury prevention.