It’s really important to have a strong core in running!!  When running, core strength allows the pelvis, hips, and lower back to work together more smoothly so you run more efficiently.


One of the best exercises to work your core muscles is the ‘Plank’. This is an exercise you can do anywhere.  Play the 'You Tube' link below for a demonstration of the Plank exercise.




Build up slowly as your core becomes stronger - if you can't hold good form for the required time, rest for 10 seconds and then resume position for the remainder of the time.  As your core gets stronger, it will get easier and you will quickly be able to see the results!!



  • Start by getting into a press up position.

  • Bend your elbows and rest your weight ono your forearms and not on your hands.

  • Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles.

  • Engage your core by sucking your belly button into your spine.

  • Hold this position for the prescribed time.

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