Today on Tuesdays on the Run, we are chatting about core strength and workouts for your core.
Many runners (ok, I’m referring to myself here) neglect any sort of core work, in favor of just running. Yet a strong core is important for running, especially for long distance running. A strong core will help you with your running form at all points in the run, but it is vital to your form as you tire. If you focus on core strength in your workouts and have a strong core, you are less likely to start to slouch and have other form issues as you head into the last miles of a long run or race. Preserving your running form via a strong core will help protect you from injury as well. Conclusion? A strong core increases your power, enhances your endurance, and decreases your risk of injury. Obviously, we should all be working on our core strength!
So, how do you build that strong core? There are lots of exercises out there, but where do you go to pick the right ones? A full body class like Pilates or Pure Barre or yoga will certainly help. I know when I’m doing one of those, my core is way stronger than it is now when I’m “just” running. I’ve also pulled a few workouts off of pinterest or You Tube, but be careful with that as sometimes you get what you pay for. There are also plenty of blog articles and magazine articles with suggestions.
I’ve pulled together a small list of running specific core strength workouts from reputable sources for you (disclaimer: I am not a trainer. I’ve also never done any of these. Proceed at your own risk):
- Build Running-Specific Core Stability via Runners World
- Four Key Core Exercises for Runners via Competitor
- How to Build a Runner’s Core via World Running
- Core Strength Training for Runners via Livestrong
- Building a Strong Core via Mizuno USA