Five tips to strengthen your core

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Build­ing core strength means more than just hav­ing six-pack abs.

Your core plays a huge part in your health and fit­ness. It helps with move­ment and bal­ance, and it helps pro­tect your in­ter­nal or­gans.

Here are five rea­sons to strengthen your core. can cause in­jury though. I’ve seen peo­ple in­jure their back by sim­ply pick­ing an ob­ject off the floor, putting their socks on or reach­ing for some­thing out of the cup­board.

Hav­ing a strong core can mas­sively re­duce the risk of pick­ing up nig­gles from daily tasks like these.

Build­ing a strong core takes more than a few crunches though.

You’ve got to do ex­er­cises that tar­get your deep in­ter­nal mus­cles as well as your ab­dom­i­nal (six pack) mus­cles.

It’s im­por­tant to build core sta­bil­ity first by work­ing your deeper mus­cles. in the core, your spinal cord has less pro­tec­tion.

Strength­en­ing ex­er­cises will re­duce spinal cord pres­sure.

Build­ing core strength will help bring bal­ance to the front and back of your body.

Sit­ting at a desk all day doesn’t help, either. Not be­ing mind­ful of how you’re sit­ting, and not en­gag­ing our core, can lead to things like com­pressed discs in your spine.

Many peo­ple make the mis­take of sit­ting for long pe­ri­ods with an arched back, slouch­ing over, rather than sit­ting tall.

A great way to strengthen your core at work is by sit­ting on a sta­bil­ity ball rather than a chair, be­cause the sense of in­sta­bil­ity and the move­ment it cre­ates forces your core mus­cles to stay en­gaged. If your core is strong, you’ll find it much eas­ier to stand tall with good pos­ture, which gives a con­fi­dent im­pres­sion.

A slumped pos­ture, on the other hand, looks weak and de­feated.

Get in to the habit of prac­tic­ing good pos­ture when you’re in the car, or watch­ing TV by sit­ting up prop­erly.

As soon as you feel your­self start to slump, straighten your­self up again.

It may seem like a good idea to slump on the sofa with your feet up af­ter a day at work, but over time your core mus­cles will be­come lazy and weak.

A strong core makes you feel great. You feel more con­fi­dent with you bal­ance. You move more freely.

Ev­ery­day tasks and ex­er­cises be­come eas­ier.

While you’re work­ing on strength­en­ing your core your ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles might even start to show through too.

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