Core stability is one of the buzz phrases of running and general fitness but it also has a very important function in day to-day life. The unfortunate aspect of physical activity, particularly when you are committed to it, is the injuries that can be suffered. If you have core stability then it is safe to say that you have a chief protector in your corner against some of these problems.

The back and the stomach are central in core strength and in keeping you stable. The multifidus muscle contains a series of other muscles and is attached to the spinal column. Together with the transversus abdominis, the deepest of the abs, it plays a big part in preventing lower back injuries.

There are plenty of exercises you can get into to improve your core stability and most people will be familiar with the abdominal crunch. With your arms crossed against your chest lie back flat with legs raised and your feet against a wall or on a workout bench so your hips and knees make a 90-degree angle. You can then lift your head and shoulders and hold them for a few seconds each time before repeating.

Another exercise focused on your core is known as the ‘Superman’. It is very simple and is designed to build up your lower back strength. Lying on your front with support underneath your hips lift your arm off the floor and hold it for a few seconds while pulling in your abs. Do the same with your other arm and repeat with each leg.