As I have a parkrun on Saturday and a Regents Park 10k on Sunday, I have decided to obey the physio and not run before my appointment on Friday.
So I have instead turned my attentions to core stability, which I gather is the secret to injury-free running well into my nineties.
As I know nothing at all about core stability, I headed off to the internet to find some likely looking exercises, and armed with “the only eight core workout exercises you’ll ever need”, I dug out my yoga mat.
- Exercise 1: The Plank. Tick
- Exercise 2: The Side Plank. Tick and Tick
- Exercise 3: V-Sit Abdominal. Hmmm. I appear to be missing some muscles.
- Exercise 4: The Bicycle Crunch. Oooooooow!
- Exercise 5: The Hip Bridge. Yay! One I can do!
- Exercise 6: The Single Leg Bridge. Tick and Tick.
- Exercise 7: The Push Up Lat Row. You’re having a laugh. Let me count the flaws with this exercise. One – I have no dumbbells. Two – I can’t do a push up. Three – If I could do a push up, I doubt I’d manage to do one while holding a dumbbell. Four – Assuming I managed a push up while supported on dumbbells, do you really expect me to then lift one arm off the ground? Get real!
- Exercise 8: The Skip with Twist. Not really suitable for my front room.
Oh well. Six out of eight isn’t bad, but just to show willing, I’ve also started a programme to build me up to 100 push ups. I’m starting off on the remedial programme with 12 weedy knee push ups. Will I graduate to full push ups? Only time will tell!