Why core strength is important for runners to stay healthy and injury-free. In addition, a short but effective bodyweight core workout that you can integrate into your everyday life!
As part of a paid partnership with the AeroTrainer® training platform, I’ve put together a few thoughts on how a core workout can benefit my fellow travelers this fall. I know a thing or two when it comes to being injured and unable to walk (Hello, three years break due to chronic injury!). But luckily, due to some lifestyle and routine changes, I can say that I will stand in front of me injury-free for almost two years! * knock on ALL wood *
One big thing I attribute to this is weight training. Getting stronger overall has radically changed me as a person and helped me run stronger, healthier, and faster than ever before. Core strengthening is also an important aspect of my overall strength routine!
Why core strength is important for fall runners
Nuclear power is particularly important for runners.
Your core is your body’s powerhouse. It connects your core, pelvis, and spine to each other and to the rest of your body, including your hips, legs, and shoulder blades. In essence, it is the stabilizer for your entire body. And since running is a full body exercise, you can see why a strong core is key!
The main job of your inner core muscles is to stabilize your spine and help you run. They transfer the force through your body to avoid back, hip, knee and neck pain. The core muscles also work in unison so that you can also breathe properly.
A weak inner core poses the risk of injury and slows you down. Studies have shown that almost any common running injury can be linked to a weak inner core. Why is this? This is because a lack of stability in your core puts more stress on other parts of your body (such as your lower back, hips, and knees), eventually causing them to collapse with repeated use.
Why I love the AeroTrainer exercise platform
Working on nuclear power doesn’t have to be a chore in the fall months … it can be fun! I often incorporate headstand exercises into my core strengthening routine or use fun equipment like my AeroTrainer.
The AeroTrainer is the newest addition to my home gym and one of my favorite tools for all fitness areas. The AeroTrainer is an ergonomically shaped, 2-sided, inflatable fitness platform. Designed for all fitness levels to relieve stress, improve flexibility and build core strength. Think of an exercise ball … but with a lot more functionality and uses!
The AeroTrainer uses air mattress technology to create the ultimate therapy and training platform. It’s super light and less expensive than most full-body fitness equipment to use at home. It’s also very easy to inflate and deflate when needed if space in your home is an issue.
The reason I love the AeroTrainer is because it allows me to work out my whole body with simple body weight movements and no equipment. The design of the AeroTrainer is great for performing exercises that strengthen your core and back.
As a personal trainer myself, I know the incredible preventive and longevity benefits that sport has. So even short workouts of 5 to 10 minutes in your day can have a big impact. In addition to strengthening your body, regular exercise contributes to more energy, a healthier immune system, less inflammation, and improved general wellbeing.
The versatility of the AeroTrainer is particularly helpful for core workouts, as it can make certain exercises easier or harder depending on experience / fitness level.
Here’s a quick core workout that I LOVE lately …
Core bodyweight workout for runners
- 10 crunches
- 10 lateral plank openings (each side)
- 10 side plank leg lifts (each side)
- 10 side plank hip lifts (each side)
- 30 seconds side plank hold (each side)
- 10 pats on the back (20 total)
- 10 pushups
- 10 Bulgarian split lunges (each side)
- 10 1-leg raised gluteal bridges (each side)
- 30 seconds plank
Repeat 2-3 times!
Let me know if you try this circuit out and make sure you come join me on Instagram for more fitness and nutrition tips every day! 🙂
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