Core stability exercises aim to improve the small supporting muscles that stabilise and support the spine and pelvis. Strong core muscles will facilitate the efficient control of movement and spread the impact of running footfall effectively without damaging the spine or pelvis.
Great lists of core stability exercises can be found with a simple Internet search, but the best thing to do if you are prone to injury or have had a running related injury in the past, is to consult a physiotherapist who will be able to identify the individual muscle or tendon that is weak or damaged and will be able to tailor a program of exercises to help you.
Developing a strong healthy core is paramount for anyone who is looking to stick with the sport long term and there are also a wide range of other benefits to developing a strong core. Improving muscle mass and tone by undertaking any kind of long term resistance exercise program is a great way to burn fat and maintain a balanced training program. Too many people fail to incorporate any kind of resistance training into their training schedule and as a result, either don’t meet their fitness and weight loss goals, or end up falling prey to attrition injuries such as tendonitis.