Running performance doesn’t solely depend on good endurance and well-trained legs, as some may mistakenly assume. Solid core, namely strong back and abdominal muscles, is the key to the optimal running performance.
What is the function of the core muscles?
These very muscles provide you a stable posture, which is inevitably necessary for proper economical running technique, as it protects you from the extra impact.
If the core muscles are weak, you will hit the ground too much during the run. Moreover, making unnecessary movements, you will get exhausted too fast.
While running, you experience many small impacts on the spine. As a result, you lose some inter-vertebral fluid between the spine discs. Thus, the spine shrinks after every race, becoming more vulnerable to the impact (Don’t panic! Your discs recover when you sleep). That’s why the additional support for your spine from the well-developed core is the priority.
How to develop my core?
In order to stabilize pelvic, abdominal, and back muscles, some total body exercises like planks, push-ups, and burpees are super-effective.
Hate indoor workouts? No problem! Try climbing, rowing, kayaking, or stand up paddling. Like to be active in winter? Strengthen your core with skiing, cross-country skiing, or ice-skating.