What are the signs of a weak core for runners?
The signs of a weak core for runners can range from lower back pain, poor posture, bad balance, pelvic stability, and getting tired easily when out running.
But why is a strong core important?
The core is part of our running technique and if you have a weak core it can lead to poor running technique and increase your risks of injury.
What is your core?
The core is made up of the muscles from just below your ribs to the pelvis. This includes the muscles at the front, sides, and back.
Having a good 6 pack doesn’t mean a strong core, sorry!
The core is where all the upper and lower body meet and where the muscles meet that help move your body. Important as a runner as we need to propel ourselves forward.
A strong core will also help absorb the load through your body as you run. A weak core for runners won’t as well.
How does a weak core affect our running?
Lower back pain – if you suffer from this when out running, especially if you upping your distances. If your core is weak when your foot lands it can push your lower back forward combined with tight hip flexors can cause lower back pain.
Poor posture – bad posture puts your body in bad alignment which can affect breathing, balance, running stride. Thinking tall and looking ahead can make such a difference. Read my blog How to improve your running posture for more ideas
Bad balance – when you go for a run you spend ½ your run on one leg! Having a good balance helps when the foot lands and enables the rest of the body to react.
Pelvic instability – this can lead to injuries in the hips, knees, and ankle. If your body twists a lot during running then this uses more energy and you tire quickly. A stable pelvis means you can run longer.
Strengthening the core will help with your running technique, reduce your risk of injury, and can help you run faster.
As I am sure you realise by now, Pilates is a great way to strengthen the core as we focus on body alignment, posture, and balance and of course, Pilates moves that specifically strengthen the core.