It is said that power comes from the core, and this adage most definitely holds true in the case of running. In fact, developing a strong core is one of the best things you can do to improve your running performance.
A strong core can enhance your runs in several ways:
- Run farther: Your core muscles keep you upright and help maintain good running form, even when fatigue sets in.
- Run faster: Having strong lower back and abdominal muscles will allow for a more powerful stride as you pick up the pace.
- Run injury free: Apart from helping you maintain good form, strong core muscles are able to absorb more impact, saving your joints from excessive pounding.
These five simple exercises will help strengthen muscles in your core specific to running. The best part? No gym membership is necessary – all you need to perform these exercises is a little floor space.
Take some time after your run to complete these exercises several times a week and see the improvement in your running for yourself.