How to Become a Better Runner: Part 1

Build ab, pelvic and lower-back strength to prevent injury

Experts estimate that 70 percent of runners will deal with an injury at some point. While many of these injuries are minor, like shin splints, others are much more serious like planter fasciitis and runner's knee. If athletes continue to run with these injuries, other areas of the body will suffer due to altered running mechanics and loss of proper range of motion. To avoid injury, it is advisable to strengthen your core, pelvis and lower back. Some of these exercises may seem elementary, but don't underestimate their effectiveness.

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