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  • Convenient Exercise: Side plank with leg reach

    Mr Ray Loh, an exercise physiologist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, demonstrates some strength conditioning exercises.

    Mr Ray Loh, an exercise physiologist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, demonstrates some strength conditioning exercises.

    These are a few of the many exercises that runners can conveniently add to their training regimens as they do not require equipment.

    "Dynamic exercises can improve one's shoulder, core and back stability, which can help maintain a good posture during running. This also indirectly helps in the training outcome and injury prevention," he said.

    Side plank with leg reach

    This exercise strengthens the shoulder, abdominal and back muscles.

    1. Lie on your right side and prop up your body using your right elbow.
    2. Tightening the abdominal muscles, move your left leg to the front and lightly tap your foot on the floor (right).
    3. In a continuous movement, move the leg backward and tap your foot on the floor behind you. Return to the starting position slowly.
    4. Do the exercise 10 to 20 times to make a set. Do two or three sets on each leg.
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