“Learn how to start running properly and get your body ready from the top down.”
Read Time: 5 mins. Learn 4 vital body areas to prepare for running
So you’ve had enough of being unfit, but you don’t know where to start and you don’t want to spend excess money on a gym membership. What is one of the cheapest and ‘easiest’ forms of exercise you ask yourself, and you think ‘running!’
How hard is running? You just get up out of your office chair and start pounding the pavement with your expensive new shoes and all of a sudden you feel like you can run a half marathon.
‘The core’ is a buzz word these days, and means more than just the six pack you can show off at the beach. The core encompasses your transverse abdominals, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominus and at the back your erector spinae. The transverse abdominus is a very important, deep core muscle that often gets overlooked. It essentially wraps around our trunk like a corset, and connects your ribs and upper body to your hips and pelvis, while also playing an important role in spinal stability.
It is very important that we learn how to engage this muscle effectively, and the other muscles that form our pelvic floor as a whole. Often people think they are engaging their core, when in fact they are not; if you find yourself bracing very hard, scrunching up your face and putting a lot of pressure around your abdominal area, you are probably not activating your core correctly. Core activation is a much smaller movement, and can be done anytime, without anyone even knowing you’re doing it. Check out this article that has some great imagery to help you learn how to properly engage your core.
ITS ALL IN THE HIPS
The hips and pelvis are where it’s at. There have been debates for years over the importance of foot strike but recent studies are now finding that all the power comes from the hips. Get your hips and posture correct and the everything else below that will take care of itself.