Never Miss a Monday with Better 15 April

15 April 2019

Never Miss a Monday with Better 15 April

#NeverMissAMonday update from Better, the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon’s Official Gym Partner. 

Is a strong core important for runners?

 

One of the most important concepts to consider for a running programme is the basis of a strong core. Your core is made up of many different muscles including your abs, hamstrings, glutes, obliques and lower back and all these muscles working together support your spine/pelvis and help maintain a neutral alignment during your run.

 

A strong core prevents too much movement from your torso and keeps you from using too much energy allowing you to run faster. Other benefits of a strong core for running include: 

 

  • Better Stability
  • Improves balance and posture
  • Helps with overall control while running.

 

Some good exercises include the plank, bridges, hip thrusts, side planks and pistol squats.

 

By Kirsty McConachie, Fitness Manager at Better Gym Belfast