Did you know today is national running day? Are you celebrating? No running for this girl… I’m still a little bit sore from the race and going to give my legs a break. I’ll probably power walk in Orangetheory tomorrow and get back on the running train this weekend. If you missed it, check out my race recap from the Suja Rock ’n Roll half. I listed some things in my post that that helped me to PR, but forgot a huge one: the importance of core strength. I had been slacking majorly on core exercises, but since we’ve been here, I’ve been forced to consistently work out my core through barre trainings, BODYPUMP and Orangetheory. I could definitely feel a difference!
While core strength is critical for fitness gains and performance, it’s also a huge component of posture, balance and spinal health. With a strong core, we can stand up a little taller and protect our back in everyday movements. I’ve become a huge fan of standing core work because it engages the stabilizer muscles. Plus, you’re standing (burning more calories) and can really focus on engaging the core since you’re not on your back. I feel the movements differently when I’m standing and it’s easier to determine which muscles I’m working.
Here’s a little standing core workout I put together. It’s intended to be completed circuit-style, moving quickly from one exercise to the next. If you’d like, you can hold a dumbbell or flat weight for many of the exercises to make it even more challenging. (Tip: don’t go too heavy. You want extra resistance, but not to the point where you could injure your back through compensating. It’s more beneficial to complete the exercises correctly and safely sans additional weight than to add resistance and sacrifice proper form.)
Here’s the workout if you’d like to give it a try!
Some form cues: