Strong to the core in 6 easy moves

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Betterheal­th -

What do you wish for your­self as you grow older? Sure, a yacht and a man­sion might be nice, but with­out health, en­joy­ing any­thing be­comes a lot tougher, right?

Stuck in the mid­dle with you

So what’s this got to do with core strength? Just about ev­ery­thing! One of the key tenets of good health is the abil­ity to move around unim­peded and pain-free. Flex­i­bil­ity, range of mo­tion and sta­bil­ity are all crit­i­cally im­por­tant, even more so as we age.

Here’s the why

Good bal­ance helps pre­vent falls. Strength helps you com­plete ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties with ease, like car­ry­ing and putting away gro­ceries, reach­ing up high, bend­ing down, get­ting up off the couch – all things we don’t even think about un­til sud­denly, ouch, that hurts!

Core 101

There’s more to build­ing a strong core than sit-ups. Al­though the ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles are im­por­tant in the mix, they’re not the whole story. Your glutes (the mus­cles of your bum), hips, sides, back, in­ner and outer abs, pelvic floor and even scapula (shoul­der blades) to­gether make up your core – think of it as your cen­tre of power.

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