May 2nd, 2019
Your abdominal muscles are critical to almost everything you do – and the benefits of building and maintaining their strength go far beyond appearances.Below are five ways core strength is crucial to your health, mobility, strength and comfort.
- Everyday acts – bending to put on shoes, bathing, dressing, any work around the house such as cleaning and gardening that involve lifting, twisting, carrying, reaching overhead or simply standing still all originate in – or pass through – the core.
- On-the-job tasks – jobs that involve lifting, twisting, and standing all rely on core muscles. Even less obvious tasks like phone calls, typing, computer use and sitting at your desk for hours predispose us to poor posture and overuse injuries when our core is slacking off.
- A healthy back – when core muscles lack strength and endurance, poor posture can increase wear and tear on the spine leading to degeneration and herniated discs. Lower back pain affects four out of five people at some point in their lives but most cases can be prevented and treated by doing exercises that promotes core strength and endurance. Chiropractors and physiotherapists alike are quick to prescribe a regiment of core exercises to their patients with back pain.
- Sports and other recreational activities – Golfing, running, swimming, baseball, volleyball, kayaking, tennis, biking, rowing… there are very few sports and recreational activities that aren’t powered by a strong core. In fact, many sport injuries are a direct result of a weak core. When the core is not able to transfer or absorb the speed and power in full body athletic movements, stress is then absorbed by joints and structures not made to handle those loads by themselves.
- Balance and stability – your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction or stand in one spot without losing your balance, decreasing your risk of falling. In fact studies have found that core strength training can be used as an adjunct or even alternative to traditional balance and/or resistance training in elderly populations.
While it’s important to build a strong core, developing rippling abs shouldn’t be your primary goal. True core conditioning comes from addressing trunk stability and mobility from the front, side and back of the trunk along with the hips and shoulders.
To get started on your improved core strength and stability, contact us for your free first workout.