Why runners should ditch sit-ups

Minute 1: How long is your best running streak?

Dave Obelkevich is a streaker. No, he’s not racing across the quad in his birthday suit like Will Farrell. The 78-year-old Obelkevich holds the record for the greatest number of consecutive New York Marathons completed. When he crossed the line in November 2021, it extended his streak to 45 NYC Marathon medals in a row. Consistency, above all else, is the most essential component of progress. That’s why so many runners are challenging themselves to go streaking – racking up as many consecutive days of running as possible: “The Rise of Daily Run Streakers. No, Not Those Streakers.” Hellah Sidibe is a former pro soccer player who challenged himself to run every day for 2 weeks straight. That was back in 2017. The thing is, he liked it so much he just kept going, and now, he’s on a 1,700-day streak. You’d think after all those miles, one would get sick of it. After pushing through bad weather and injuries along the way, he says the experience actually led him to appreciate just how much of a privilege it is to run. Running every day offers benefits beyond just a low resting heart rate: “What Really Happens to Your Body When You Run Every Day.” Your body will adapt to the workload, improving bone density and joint health, which lowers your risk of developing arthritis. Your breathing will become more efficient too, as you strengthen your diaphragm to allow for deeper inhales.


Minute 2: So long, sit-ups: Here are some superior core workouts

Mom always told us that appearances are overrated; it’s what’s on the inside that counts. For core strength, Mom was right on target. Looks can be very deceiving, since having 6-pack abs has a lot more to do with your body fat percentage than your actual strength. To develop functional core strength, look past the hyper-specific isolation exercises like crunches, and instead, choose movements that engage your core alongside