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  • Convenient Exercise: Plank with leg raise

    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.

    Plank with leg raise

    This exercise strengthens the shoulder, abdominal and back muscles.

    1. Lie on your stomach and lift your body on your elbows and toes, keeping your shoulders, buttocks and legs in a straight line (top).
    2. Tighten your abdominal muscles and raise your left leg, keeping both legs straight (above). Return to the starting position slowly.
    3. Repeat the exercise with the other leg.
    4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 between 10 and 20 times to make one set. Do two or three sets.
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