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22 Feb 2022

The real benefits of strengthening your core

Think of your core muscles as the sturdy central link in a chainconnecting your upper and lower body. Properly building up your corecranks up the power. A strong core also enhances balance and stability. Thus,it can help prevent falls and injuries during sports or other activities. Infact, a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do: The core isactually made up of three sheaths of muscles: The upper abs, the side muscles,which are called the oblique, and then this very deep layer of muscle. Thosedeep muscles are the ones that do all the good stuff, like support your spineand act as a natural corsets when you work them not only do you get a flatterstomach but a tighter stomach. In a study titled Effects of core strength training on corestability it was proved that after completing a 4-week core strength trainingprogram, most of the core stability measures improved.

Thebenefits of core strengthtraining

  • Greater efficiency of movement
  • Improved body control and balance
  • Increased power output from both the core musculature and peripheral muscles such as the shoulders, arms and legs
  • Reduced risk of injury (the core muscles act as shock absorbers for jumps and rebounds etc.)
  • Improved balance and stability

 Whatsthe difference between core training and working your abs?

The differencebetween core and abdominal training is that youre not just targeting the frontside of the body but the back side as well. A core workout will also includethe erector spinae, which are the muscles that make up your back, and also yourglutes. A movement that works your core is going to work more than one musclegroup, and you are going to see results a lot faster.

Core exercises improve your balance and stability

Core exercisestrain the muscles in your pelvis; lower back, hips and abdomen to work inharmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playingfield or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physicalactivities depend on stable core muscles.

Strong core muscles make it easier to do most physicalactivities

Strong coremuscles make it easier to do everything from swinging a golf club to getting aglass from the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes. Weak core musclesleave you susceptible to poor posture, lower back pain and muscle injuries.

Core exercises can help you reach your fitness goals

The basic componentsof most fitness regimens are aerobic activity and muscular fitness. However, tohave a truly well-rounded fitness routine, you should also include coreworkouts. A well-rounded exercise program is the best approach to attain yourfitness goals, whether you're a newbie taking your first steps toward health ora dedicated fitness fanatic looking to improve your results.

 

References

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