A while ago, one of our fellow runners inquired about core training. I have a love-hate relationship with core work and yes, I know it's very important for runners! One of my personal challenges is that I often do my strength training after my cardio workouts, meaning that I often skip out on them if I'm tired or in a hurry. Knowing my challenge was half the battle so I'm making some changes this year.
My approach to core and other strength training is simple - I'll do it in the morning before I get ready for work. Each morning when I get up, I'm making an effort to do something that requires less than 7 minutes to enhance my core strength. Why 7 minutes? That seems to be an amount of time that I can absorb in my morning routine without having to set my alarm any earlier. Bonus!
* POPSUGAR Fitness: The Quickest Muffin-Top Workout on YouTube (5 minutes)
* POPSUGAR Fitness: 5 Minutes to a Sexy Back and 6-pack Abs on YouTube (5 minutes)
* Plank sequence
I like these options because they're simple and don't require much advance planning or thought in the morning. That's a key for success for me - I just wake up, pick a workout and go. And in full disclosure, I usually do them in my pjs!
Want to know more about why you should care about core strength? A quick Google search yielded several results for tips and instructions for why runners should care about their core. I learned that core strength can help reduce injury, enhance speed, and maintain form longer. With these reasons, it seems like a no brainer to focus on core strength in addition to traditional running workouts.
3 Reasons Runners Should Perform Core Workouts from Active.com
5 Core Workouts for Stronger Runners from Runners World
Building Running-Specific Core Strength from Runners World
What are your favorite core exercises?
Disclaimer: I'm not a fitness or medical professional and gathered the information from this post from doing my own research to help improve my core strength.