Push-up to Side Plank with a Medicine Ball
Our core is so important to a healthy body. As a runner, I’m always looking for ways to strengthen my core to help improve my running form and oxygen intake. That’s where the plank, stability ball drills and various bodyweight exercises can help immensely.
Ever noticed at the end of a long race, like a half marathon or full marathon, you feel your body hunching forward and it’s hard to take a full breathe? This is partly due to a weakened core. Luckily this is curable, it just takes commitment and time. Just 5-10 minutes of core work a day can make a world of difference.
Strong abdominal muscles also help you have better posture at work and minimize back pain. You will be taking strain off your back by instead using your abdominal muscles. This in turn lets your back rest and not take 100% of the strain.
Need some core exercise ideas? Try this Push-up to Side Plank with Medicine Ball drill to work your whole body. You will be working your abdominal muscles with the plank, arms with push-ups, and back and obliques during the twist into side plank. Try to do three-to-five rounds holding for 3-60 seconds depending on your fitness level.