Five tips to strengthen your core
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.