If you’ve ever read a fitness magazine or had a discussion with a personal trainer you will have heard all about your core and just how important it is for your overall fitness. Some people believe their core is simply their abs but it extends far beyond this.
Your core is made up of about 29 separate muscles and is basically described as your whole body excluding arms and legs. It’s the area of your body which is involve in pretty much every movement you make and training your entire core rather than just your abdominal area will have seriously positive fitness results in the long term. Here are the main benefits of working out your core.
Benefits of Strengthening your Core
There are several key benefits of a stronger core discussed below:
Everything from bending to tie up your shoes to picking up letters from the doorway can be made easier with a strengthened core. Your core is utilised in everything you do – even sitting down on chairs and turning your head can become less painful if you work on your core muscle area. Your core is for everything so it needs to be respected.
Jobs that involve lifting, twisting and standing are all heavily reliant on your core muscles. Even if you have a sedentary job and sit at a desk all day your core plays a role. Tapping away on your computer, answering your calls and other daily tasks do put strain on your back and core strengthening training can help your back tensing up and becoming overly stiff.
Lower back pain is a hugely painful and unfortunately very common condition across the UK. Even if it’s only short term it’s a pain you won’t forget and core strengthening exercise which promote resilience and balance can help stave off attacks of this type of pain. Once the pain hits it’s even recommended you try core exercises to power through it.
Your core is central to your body so it stands to reason it’s a great stabiliser. It stabilises your whole body and allows you to move without ease if it’s strengthened to its optimal level. It’s even believed that strengthening your core can improve your balance and reduce the risk of falls, especially in later life.
Training your core improves your posture. Being slouched over is often a sign of a weak core and good posture will help you feel much taller, more comfortable and protects your spine from the wear and tear that is common when you’re constantly hunched.
This should tell you all you need to know about the importance of your core but how do you exercise it? There are many ways and you may be surprised to hear you already do many core-strengthening exercises. If not here are three of the most common, most challenging exercises to get your core into shape.
We’re sure everyone has heard of the plank but did you know how powerful it can be in enhanced your core. It’s the best place to begin for improving your core strength and stability and can be carried out following these simple steps:
The wall sit doesn’t seem like a complicated exercise but it needs to be done properly to work. You should be able to form a right angle both at your hips and at your knees with your back completely flat against the fall. Your heels too should be flat and you can follow these steps to ensure you’re getting it right:
The classic push up is the heart of all home workouts and something everyone who’s exercising should be incorporating into their routine. It has a positive impact on your whole body and is part of the perfect full body workout with significant emphasis on your core. These steps will ensure push up is 100% right:
Your core is important and if you can get it into shape then the rest of your body will follow and you’ll be fitter than you’ve ever been.
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