If you’re anxious to build your pectorals through pushups and your abdominal muscles through crunches, incorporate each exercise into your workout routine. You don't have to perform these exercises before your run; people often perform aerobic exercises and strength-training exercises on different days. nike running shoes Each exercise is ideal because it doesn't require any equipment, making it convenient and versatile. When basic pushups and crunches feel too easy, increase the challenge by performing clap pushups and weighted crunches.

Running Calories Burned

Regardless of your reason for wanting to burn calories, running can be the answer. Running burns calories at a high rate, so you don't need to worry about trying to increase that rate by doing pre-run exercises. The speed of your run plays a key role in determining the calories you’ll burn. cheap nike air max 95 A 155-pound person will burn 298 calories in a 30-minute run at 5 mph, 372 calories in a 30-minute run at 6 mph and 409 calories in a 30-minute run at 6.7 mph, according to Harvard Medical School.

Strength-Training Considerations

Although a quick set of pushups or crunches before your run won't help you burn more calories during the run, prolonged dedication to strength training to build a more muscular body can eventually play a role in your rate of burning calories. WeightLossResources.co.uk notes regular strength training can boost your basal metabolic rate by up to 15 percent, and for every extra pound of muscle on your body, you'll burn about 50 more calories per day.

Pre-Run Stretching

Instead of worrying about building your muscles before your run, spend the time stretching to avoid injury. “Runner’s World” magazine recommends dynamic stretches before aerobic exercise. nike air max thea uk This type of stretch, which features quick movements to warm up your muscles and boost your heart rate and core temperature, is a contrast to the more relaxing, post-run static stretches you’ll do afterward. Typical pre-run dynamic stretches to add to your routine include 10 reps each of walking lunges, leg lifts and butt kicks.