3 Reasons Runners Should Perform Core Workouts

As runners, we love to run. The feeling of wind through our hair, the rhythmic sound of footfalls, and the satisfying completion of a tough interval workout are what keep us coming back for more every day. If we wanted to be softball players, gym junkies or cyclists we'd do that instead, right?

But if the only form of exercise you're getting is running, you're missing out on a variety of benefits that could actually help your running. Strength and core exercises are the perfect complement to running. They optimize your running so you can keep going without injuries, and even race faster.

Instead of relying only on running to get in shape, read on for three simple—but powerful—reasons why you should be doing regular core workouts during your training.

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Core Work Helps You Stay Healthy

Injury prevention is a top goal for every runner. And if core workouts can help you run more consistently without injuries, who in their right mind wouldn't do them?

Core strength plays a vital role in stabilizing your entire body during running by maintaining a neutral pelvis, and delaying the breakdown in your form when you're fatigued.

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Think of your body like a car. If you put a Ferrari engine (your lungs and heart) in the chassis of a compact economy car (your muscles, ligaments and bones), what's going to happen?

If you guessed that your powerful engine will rip apart the car and cause a malfunction, you're right! It's critical for injury prevention to strengthen that chassis and develop the muscular strength you need to support that strong heart and lungs.