Thursday, April 3, 2014

Why is it so important to have a strong core

Why is it so important to have a strong core

So in the last few weeks I've received a lot of questions from challengers and just family and friends on why it's important to have a strong core and where to start. Your core is the part of your body from your shoulders to the pelvic. Everything you do uses your core muscles, which include your abs, pelvis, chest and back muscles. A strong core is important for good balance, stability and flexibility. Most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles so you need to keep them in shape by doing exercises that will strengthen them. Building core strength could also improve your posture and may protect you from lower back pain. Improving and strengthening the core is also the key to building strong abdominals.

How can a strong core improve your day to day living?

Computer Work: Sitting at a computer may seem easy, but it can put serious strain on your body. Developing a solid core can help take stress off of your lower back and other body parts.

Lifting: Even if you don't participate in a strength-training, you still lift objects when you take out the trash, kids, laundry, move furniture, or carry luggage or grocery bags into your home. A strong core will make routine lifting easier and will help you avoid minor injuries and strains.

Running or Walking: Competitive runners know that developing a strong core is a vital part of finishing a race with a good time. Your core will help you take in more oxygen during every breath as well as help you keep balance while running or walking on uneven terrain.

Posture: When you have a developed core, sitting and standing up straight is a much easier task. Good posture not only makes you look more presentable, but it also takes pressure off of your lower back.  And in the long run if you can avoid lower back pains your going to feel like a million bucks.

Why is it so important to have a strong core

How to strengthen your core?

I'm not sure about you but after two 10 lbs babies by C-section starting to build a strong core did not happen over night and I'm still a work in progress.  But you would be surprised by just focusing on this area for a solid 30 days what a difference you will feel.  Thank goodness it's not all about your abs!! Best core exercises may surprise you. It's not enough to just do ab crunches and sit ups. To build a strong core you need to exercise a variety of muscles from your hips to your shoulders. Most people think of the core as a nice six-pack, or strong, toned abs, but the truth is that the abdominal muscles are a very small part of the core. The abs have very limited and specific action, and what experts refer to as the "core" actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis, and run the entire length of the mid area. When these muscles contract, they stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle and create a solid base of support.
Why is it so important to have a strong core

I'm such a BIG Autumn Calabrese Fan and have seen amazing results from challengers with her program the 21 day fix woman's results

A short video for quick core muscle workout. 

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