Yes, I was told to do core exercises years ago. I just didn’t really like to do them. It was boring and I was so weak that the exercises were a huge challenge (think pain). A little over 2 years ago, I injured myself and learned that I really needed to strengthen my core. I agreed and worked hard at it!
During my off season about a year ago, I got a little lazy about those exercises. Well, there were consequences and I felt them. Once again, I started strengthening my core and it made all the difference.
I don’t think I’ll ever stop strengthening my core. I now accept the fact that if I want to run, I need a strong core. A few times each week I do my core routine. It really is a must.
Here is part of an article about why……….
Why should runners do core stability exercises?
- Running involves a balance of powerful movements, it’s a complex activity and you need a strong foundation. Any weakness or imbalance within the muscles of the body, including the core, can lead to a decrease in efficient movement.
- If you’re not running efficiently you’re using up too much energy, you’ll fatigue quicker and your body will make compensatory movements which can lead to increased strain on muscles, ligaments and tendons.
- Increased strain causes overuse and can ultimately lead to injury and lay off from training.
As with single leg strength training, which I am a real advocate of, by addressing muscular imbalances and improving muscular strength you will prevent and reduce injuries to the body and as a runner you will improve your efficiency and overall performance.
If you want to read the whole article:
My friend Caryn at Health Inspired Training just posted another great resource:
Since I am now on rest and recovery, it is a great time for me to devote some time to continuing to strengthen my core. It doesn’t take that long, maybe 15 minutes per workout. In addition, I am trying to find a yoga class that fits my schedule. I believe I will benefit from the additional stretching and strengthening.