Inner Strength: building your core

The ultimate goals of every runner, whether they are a first timer or seasoned pro, are to become better, faster and stronger. Although we like to acknowledge the fact that practice, usually does, make perfect, there are other ways to increase your performance aside from running more.

Strengthening your core can have a multitude of benefits for all athletes; especially runners. Your core muscles lie deep within your abdomen and connect the spine, pelvis and shoulders. By strengthening them, your ability to control muscles, movements, posture and balance will improve – ultimately improving your running form and efficiency. On top of all this, a stronger core will also reduce your risks of picking up an injury.

There are lots of exercises you can do to get conditioned. We’ve picked our top three to show you – they can all be done at home without any equipment, all you’ll need is a little perseverance!

If you are struggling with technique, you’ll find lots of helpful videos online. If you’re a member of a gym, have a chat with an instructor or personal trainer and get them to help with your technique; they’re bound to have other more challenging exercises too!