Are you a runner who makes a habit of skipping core exercise?
If so, this article is for you.
Core muscles are crucial for stability when running, and core exercise should be a major part of every runner’s routine.
In the video below, Physical Therapist and avid runner Kearsten Fish, PT DPT, shows you the best core exercise to engage key abdominal muscles, improve stability, and keep you running injury free.
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Core strength not only keeps you stable, but it’s key in preventing lower-body injuries by eliminating imbalances.
Many runners find themselves skipping core exercise because they don’t know what they’re doing or need a little bit of guidance to start.
The front plank is a simple exercise to start with and to incorporate into each of your core workouts.
To complete a front plank, start on the ground with your arms in a bent position and your elbows under your shoulders.
Raise up onto your toes and elbows, making sure to keep your back flat. Do not arch or sag your back, as it puts stress on your spine.
If you can’t maintain a full plank, a simple modification is going up onto your elbows but staying on your knees. Like a full plank, make sure to keep a flat back and your hips low and in line with your body.
Hold the plank position for 30 seconds, then lower down. Complete three 30-second repetitions.
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