Running is series of single leg jumps done over and over again until you complete your run. As a runner, you want to train in a way that makes you a stronger runner, not just for general fitness. Because of this, jumping exercises (aka plyometrics) are running specific strength training exercises.
Jumping from side to side strengthens your hip stabilizer muscles which in turn stabilizes the upper legs. Landing on one foot helps strengthen your ankles and feet.
How to Perform Single-Leg Lateral Jumps
#1) Start by standing on one leg.
#2) Take a big bend in your standing leg, jump sideways as far as you can away from your standing leg.
#3) Land on the opposite leg.
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