Question by  majivantara (39)

Will running help in building muscle?

I have been running a good bit lately but have not noticed any growth in my muscles, with the exception of my legs.


Answer by  moonzi (286)

Yes, but only to some extent. Running will help you lose fat all over your body, and it will make your legs muscles, especially your calves big. However, to really build muscles on your upper body and midsection, you need to do weight and resistance training.


Answer by  npatin44 (258)

Running does not build muscle mass, this is largely a cardiovascular exercise. Building muscle mass requires you to activate the muscles you want to develop. Push ups for your chest, curls for your biceps, sit ups for your abs and so on. And like running, stretch.


Answer by  lonelywolf (2117)

Running will help build your leg muscles some, as well as some of your core muscles. However, it only works the slow twitch fibers (muscles built for endurance) and so will not help build those muscles best served by doing weight lifting.


Answer by  John (9008)

Running is a cardiovascular exercise. It helps strengthen your heart, but does not build a lot of muscle. If you want to add muscle, add some weightlifting to your workout.

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