Q Ive recently undergone abdominal surgery, and the hospital physio has advised me to wait for three weeks before running. I think that this is on the excessive side because I feel fine, and the scar is healing rapidly. Do you agree
," explains marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe. You simply can't run your best without a strong core: the muscles in your abdominals, lower back and glutes. They provide the stability, power and endurance that runners need for powering up hills
you maintain proper form and run efficiently, even through fatigue. With strong lower abs and lower-back muscles, such as the erector spinae, it's easier to stay upright. If your core is weak, you may end up shuffling, slouching and putting too much
© Getty ImagesPut simply, good core stability is one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries and improve running efficiency. The groups of muscles that make up your core section provide essential support so strengthening your core should form the base on which the rest of ...
parallel with the floor.Keep your weight on your front foot – your back leg is for balance only. Make sure your front knee stays behind your toes. Pushing up through the front foot, return your feet to the start position, and lower arms to shoulders.Do 20
problematic where the abdominal contents are concerned (stomach, liver, gut). When we breathe in, the diaphragm (the main inspiratory muscle) moves downwards; if it does this at the same time as the abdominal contents are bouncing upwards, diaphragm movement
helps to draw air into the lower part of the lungs.The middle parts of the lungs begin to inflate and the abdominal area expands as a result.Finally, the chest expands, filling the lungs completely.Exhalation should follow the same steps; empty
is no exception – will increase abdominal pressure, which, in turn, pushes on the pelvic-floor muscles.Any weakening could lead to problems such as stress (urinary) incontinence – the sudden and uncontrollable need to go to the toilet. The condition affects
exposure to it within two hours of running. Taking an antihistamine like Claritin before running can also help. Symptom: Abdominal pain, bloating The diagnosis: Gas. During an intense bout of exercise, blood moves from the digestive tract to the legs
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