Having a strong core plays an important part in all our lives. What is the core? It is a group of muscles that make up our mid-section, which consist of the abdominals, oblique’s and lower back. The core is responsible for stabilizing everything we do and for our posture.
By keeping a strong core, it can help us have a better posture, stand up straighter, eliminate lower back pain, have good muscle tone, have improvement in physical performance, help prevent injuries and support our body to function at a higher energy level.
Having a weak core can have the reverse effect. It can contribute to a poor posture, which is the cause of lower back pain and muscle injuries. Living a sedentary lifestyle can also cause us to walk around with a weak core due to sitting at a computer desk all day hunched over in the same position for hours. This causes your body to form the hunched-over look and slouching which can all cause damage to the spine.
To prevent these problems, begin by working your core once or twice a week. Use the exercise ball and core machines. Hire a fitness trainer to help you if needed. Stretching will improve the flexibility of the core muscles. Start sitting up straight while at your computer desk. This will allow your core to stay strong at all times. The stronger your core the more stable the upper and lower body will be and the stronger your entire body will become.
Building a strong core does not happen overnight but with consistency and time you will develop a good strong foundation. If you have a strong core it will allow your body to retain that lean healthy look even as we age.
We can see the importance of having a strong core. It can help us in many ways and as we age, maintaining a strong core will help prevent many of the aches and pains associated with growing old.
In part 2, I will go into detail of specific exercises and stretches that you can do in order to strengthen the core.
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