It’s all in the Core

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Most people think that core exercises focus on building six packs and well-toned abs. And if you think the same way, you’re definitely missing the a big part of it. Core exercises involve groups of muscle from the hips to the shoulders and not just the abdominal muscles. These muscles support the spine, pelvis and the entire torso.
Hence, improving core strength is essential to fitness. In fact, exercises that target the core muscles are a host of many fitness benefits.
It's all in the CoreReduced back pain
Abdominal muscles protect and strengthen the back. A sturdy core balances weight and maintains proper posture while weak and unbalanced core can cause undue pressure in the lower back and poor posture.
Improved sports performance
Muscles from the trunk and torso support the spine and shoulders which provides strength to the arms and legs. The stability of core muscles creates powerful movements in the extremities.
Better posture
Core muscle exercises improve postural imbalance that can otherwise cause injuries. It also aids in developing functional fitness necessary in performing everyday activities.
Enhanced balance and stability
Training the muscles in the pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in sync allows for better balance and stability. When the core muscles are strong, it maintains even weight distribution in the upper body. This makes most athletic and physical activities reliant on the core muscles.
Well-toned muscles and good shape
Achieving your fitness goals requires a well-rounded exercise program. Including core training in the program can help optimize results. Specifically, core exercises in conjunction with aerobic exercise can help strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles.
In strengthening the core, training involves the whole body and not just specific groups of muscle. Aside from the usual sit-ups and crunches for exercising the abs, there is a whole bunch of other exercises you can try to strengthen your core. Below are some simple core exercises.

  • Planks
  • Side Planks
  • Basic Push Up
  • V-sits
  • Push Ups
  • Squats
  • Back Bridge
  • Hip Lift
  • Oblique Twist
  • Plank on a Balance Ball
  • Lunge with a Twist
  • Supermans

These core exercises can keep you in shape and help you perform daily activities at your best!
*The information on this site is designed for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Thank you!

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~by Kimberly Olson

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