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02 Apr, 2013

Core and Water

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Core and Water

Essential Core

I've heard that runners need a strong core, but am not entirely sure how one goes about doing core strengthening, because I've also heard that it's not just about the six-pack muscles. – Sue, Bellville

 

ANSWER

Your core muscles provide stability, even in static positions such as standing or sitting, and as a runner they are even more important, providing posture, stability and balance. Therefore, lack of core development often leads to a predisposition to slouch when sitting, and leaves you susceptible to lower back pain and muscle injuries. Examples of good core exercises include bridging, planks and exercises involving balance and coordination. You can increase the intensity level by using gym balls or resistance bands.

 

Modern Athlete Expert

TONI HESP

Toni is a physiotherapist in Edenvale, Johannesburg. Has finished 21 Comrades, four Ironmans and two New York Marathons, plus various cycling and canoeing events.

"As a beginner runner, I am bit overwhelmed by all the fancy products on the market when it comes to good old water. Is it OK to just drink tap water before, during and after a run?"  – John, Durban

 

ANSWER

Health professionals recommend that you drink at least eight glasses of water a day, because water that contains natural minerals and trace elements plays a vital role in our health, helping to:

?         flush our system of toxins,

?         reduce heart attack risk,

?         reduce risk of disease and infection,

?         keep us regular,

?         promote healthy skin,

?         regulate body temperature,

?         cushion and lubricate joints and muscles,

?         improve recovery time,

?         and keep the body energised and alert.

 

Unfortunately, the reality is that tap water quality often leaves a lot to be desired, as much of the essential goodness has been removed due to chemical treatment or reverse osmosis (filtration with carbon filters) to remove harmful substances. Thus tap water is often a chemical concoction that looks and tastes refreshing, and promises good health, but in fact is the complete opposite. Therefore, I recommend that you look for purified water products that contain the essential trace elements that your body needs, notably sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

 

Modern Athlete Expert

ROBYN MACLENNAN

Robyn is a biokineticist and entrepreneur, and has been the owner of Body & Soul Wellness since 1994. Her goal in life is to return water to its original state of purity and nourishment.