This morning I had a great treadmill sess at the gym, well let’s not say GREAT, it was ok. Treadmill running for my is 99% mental. 3 miles never felt so long!
My 3 miles seemed so long that I was unable to get my planned strength routine in today…or was it because I was at the gym 15 minutes later than I wanted to be…damn snooze button!
I was able though to get in a quick ab workout after some good stretching and much-needed foam rolling. Which got me thinking about the importance of core strength, no I’m not talking about getting a ripped 6-pack, I am talking about why it’s important to strengthen all the muscles of your core: abdominals, hamstrings, glutes, hips, lower back and oblique muscles.
Core strength improves your balance and stability, makes everyday activities such as bending, lifting, rotating, etc easier. Strong core muscles improve your posture, and relieve low back pain, and can help prevent injuries from everyday activities, and exercise. As a runner, a strong core comes in handy at the end of a race when I am fatigued and my form begins to falter, a stronger core equals a longer, stronger running form allowing me to perform. Plus, who doesn’t want 6-pack abs 😉 not that I have those, but I’m working on it!
Here’s a quick core routine that I added to the end of my run this morning, inspired by a routine I remember from my Karna Camp days. Do the circuit 2-3 times, or do a circuit between each mile of your run. You can even add this to the end of your strength workout, or in between supersets. Change up the exercises as needed, there’s a whole lot of core strengthening move you can do (see this or this). The world is your happy, fit oyster…
What’s your favorite core exercise? I’m a big fan of a good mat pilates class for core strengthening!Disclaimer: Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise or diet routine.