If you are reading this you are most likely a runner or walker. That probably means that you have decided the thing that you want to do to stay healthy, or lose weight, is running and walking. Some people love weights or crossfit or pilates or yoga or whatever else there is to do now, but most people on this website enjoy running.
Running and walking are outstanding ways to maintain your health. It’s good for your lungs, muscles, heart, just about every part of your body gets benefits from running. That doesn’t mean that every part of your body benefits though. Some parts really struggle to keep up with the needs of an active runner. Knees, feet, and hips in particular can really pay a price if running isn’t done correctly or with a proper plan.
That is why core training is also important. Core training is exercise designed to improve muscles strength in the core muscles that work as stabilizers for the entire body. Without proper core muscles you will have more injuries. You will feel worse while running and you will be more likely to give up.
For me the idea of adding another type of exercise isn’t exciting. I run because that is what I like to do. If I wanted to do other exercises then I would have started doing them. The problem with that mind set is that you aren’t seeing the big picture. If you enjoy running you must do the things that are necessary to prepare your body to run long term. If you want to enjoy running 10 years from now you better do the things that are necessary now or that won’t happen.
Think of your body as the tool that gets you from point A to point B. That could be for enjoyment (running) or necessity (daily activity). We regularly use our cars to get us from point A to point B. For daily activity our cars needs some love and care; fuel, oil changes, tires and so on. Once a car is given a new purpose besides just necessity it usually requires and gets a lot more attention. I think it is safe to say that a race care gets a little more energy put into getting ready for racing than just practice laps.
Our bodies need more than just practice laps to prepare for what you will put it through as a competitive or recreational runner. Core exercises and proper nutrition are the building blocks for a successful running career. I am not a trainer and honestly I really struggle with this issue of properly preparing my body. So I may not be the best person to give advice on how to core train, but what I can do is link an article that will give you a starting point. Hopefully this will motivate me to do a better job myself and on our group runs ask me what I did this week for core training. If I say nothing I give you permission to throw something at me.