Building core strength - what every runner needs to know
Just how important is your core strength when it comes to running? The short answer, very!
Here’s why, building on your core strength will help you with stability and balance giving you a solid base for your legs to push against when you run. A solid core is crucial for running, in addition to providing you with stability it will control and co-ordinate the movements of your arms and legs, giving you greater ability to balance thus enabling runners to recover from little mishaps, trips and slips - helping you avoid injuries.
Many runners ask what they can do to build stamina and endurance - particularly if they are training for a race, marathon or ultra. The answer is always the same, work on your core strength! As runners we need the core muscles to remain strong and work well for extended periods, a strong core will also help you retain a good posture when running long distance, enabling your chest cavity to fully open so you’ll be able to breathe better.
So, in short whether you’re starting out, training for a race or a seasoned runner - strengthening your core will undoubtedly improve your performance, health and running ability.
Follow the link below for our core strength exercise plan.