27 Feb '17, 12pm

The headstand may seem like an uncommon core workout, but here's why it's great for runners:

This unconventional maneuver reinforces the tenets of good posture and core strength. We know what you’re probably thinking; why on earth would a runner need to stand on his or her head?! Surprisingly, there are many ways that a well-executed headstand can improve the key components of your running form. Tall posture, correct shoulder positioning, core strength and balance are all vital aspects of running that the headstand puts to the test. 1. Start with the basic balanced tripod position. To achieve this, begin with a single pushup to gauge where your head will be placed on the pad in relation to your hands. A mat, pillow or soft grassy surface are all fair game. 2. With your hands on the ground, start moving your hips higher, bringing your feet in closer. 3. Bring your knees to your elbows, starting with one at a time. 4. From this position, start to lift one foot off t...

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