In this month’s issue of Runner’s World magazine (February 2009) there is a great article on the benefits of core training for runners (pages 55-58). For those of you who don’t get out much, core training refers to exercises that strengthen your torso (think abs and your back).
Having a strong core helps to power your running whether you’re out for a leisurely job, speedwork or going for an 18-mile training run. A strong core helps keep you strong to the end of your run, even if you are spent.
The magazine recommends exercises such as Plank Lift, Hip Raises, Side Plank, Bridge, Superman and Metronome. Check out www.runnersworld.com for the exercises mentioned or do a Google search.
Your running and abs will thank you.
Now go run!