Just as the trunk of a tree supports its branches, your core – your abdominal muscles, your mid- and lower back and hips/pelvis- is the base and support from where most of your movement stems from. Why is core strength of such great importance? Let’s look at what a strong core can do for us.
Back pain : With back pain affecting 80% of adults at some point in their lives, we can look to strengthening the core as one way to improve or even eliminate back pain. Strong abdominals and lower back muscles give a solid support system for the spine, keeping stress off the discs and the joints. Back pain can be treated with core exercises but, better still, back pain can be prevented with incorporating these same exercises. If we are diligent in keeping our core sections strong, we have an increased possibility of never experiencing debilitating or disruptive back pain.Everyday tasks : Balance and stability are essential as we look to live out normal lives and be productive. From basic moves we all do throughout the day like stooping over, turning to look behind you, and sitting to more active movements like carrying groceries, cleaning the house, and doing yard work, a strong core allows us to be fully functional and to complete the jobs we need to do.Leisure activities and hobbies: We all have hobbies that we enjoy doing, and when we are limited by back pain, it affects these activities. Whether it’s an athletic activity, cooking, woodworking, gardening or the like, back issues can inhibit our ability to enjoy what we love. And when we don’t have that creative outlet, it affects our spirit as well. We need these channels to keep our stress levels down and our hearts happy.Good posture: When we have a healthy core, we are able to have proper posture. With that proper posture, we carry ourselves in a confident way and are more self-assured. We are able to breathe deeply and properly with good posture and alleviate unwanted pressure on joints that were not designed to take undue pressure.
Incorporating core exercises such as standard crunches, planks, and bicycle crunches will allow you to obtain these benefits. Don’t neglect the other vital parts of fitness such as cardiovascular activity, strengthening and stretching. All of these work in tandem to ensure a healthy and happy body. If you’re looking for exercises to strengthen the core, go to click here to order and enjoy the Visibly Fit Firm and Fabulous series. Great for core strength and the entire body.
About Wendie Pett
Wendie Pett, a nationally recognized name in the fitness industry, is passionate about motivating and encouraging people to make fitness and nutrition part of their daily routine. She enthusiastically teaches the care of mind, body and spirit, assisting others to learn the importance of reaching their full God-given potential through her Visibly Fit™ program—a total wellness and body weight resistance exercise program. Wendie has helped countless numbers of people reach their fitness goals without ever compromising their joint health, tendons, or ligaments by teaching simple and easy to do exercises that use your body as your gym. A great way to workout anytime, anywhere—no excuses allowed!