Do You Have a Strong Running Core?

Core strength is a term that's frequently bandied about and can it conjure up images of sit-ups and crunches in pursuit of an aesthetically desirable "six-pack." But core strength for runners has little to do with the aesthetic goals of body builders and everything to do with running economy and injury prevention.

Working a few minutes of functional strength work, into your pre- or post-run routine can go a long way toward keeping you injury free.

Evidence suggests that many common running injuries, such as iliotibial (IT) band or knee problems, can be overcome by addressing a key weakness that numerous runners exhibit: weak hips.

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