3 Crucial Core Exercises for Runners [with video]

When you’re a runner, the temptation can be to do nothing but that—log miles, miles and more miles. But as your Houston running doctor, I’m always saying that you need to incorporate strength training into your training regiment as well.

This time, I’m not just whistling Dixie: here are 3 easy core strength exercises, adapted from Runners World, that I think you should incorporate into your workouts right now. I’ve even included some funky videos to help you out—enjoy, stay strong and healthy, and come back next week for simple exercises that can strengthen the other areas of your body, like your legs and glutes, that support your runs.

Planks

Prop yourself up on your elbows with feet slightly apart. Align your body, keep abs tight, and place shoulders directly above the elbows while keeping them down and back, not hunched. Hold this position for 45 seconds to one minute. Repeat 3-5 times. 

Lower Body Russian Twist 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN_ckzQYAKs

Lie on your back with your knees bent at 90-degrees. Without changing the bend in your hips or knees, lower your legs to the left side of your body, lift them back to the starting position, and repeat on your right for one repetition. Keep your shoulders on the ground the whole time. Try for 10-12 reps. 

The Scorpion 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WauJUWSe6dQ

Get into pushup position but put your feet on a bench. Raise your right knee toward your left shoulder while rotating hips up and to the left as far as you can. Then reverse directions, rotating your hips up and to the right, and bring your right foot toward the back of your left shoulder . That's one repetition. Do as many as you can on the right side in 30 seconds, then switch to your left leg.

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