By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
We all want that flat stomach with the perfectly toned muscles we’re always seeing on the front of magazines. But did you know those toned muscles in your midsection serve an even more important purpose than just looking good? I’m serious! Having strong abdominal muscles are essential for living an easier and more enjoyable life! Your core helps you with just about everything. Next to your brain, it is your body’s main source for helping you function.
Truthfully, it helps you do just about everything in your everyday running around.
Check out these 3 reasons why a stronger core can benefit you in your daily routine. From working out strenuously to standing on one foot playing Simon Says with your kids, the core matters. Take a look…
I was always brought up to sit up straight because it looks sloppy when your body is all hunched over. Well, not only is it sloppy looking, its terrible for your back! It will also make you look less confident as opposed to someone who sits in an upright position with their head held high. That person is someone who exudes confidence. By keeping your core strength nice and strong, you are also benefiting your posture. Next time you find yourself slouching in your car or at your desk, pick your head up, pull your shoulders back and bring that belly button in to your spine. You are sure to make good posture the norm for you, after consciously making an effort to change your bad habit.
I LOVE balance routines! Anytime it is balance day for one of my clients that I’m training, I am always so excited. Why? Because it’s fun! (Well, to me at least.) A strong core is the KEY to having great balance. I cannot tell you how many clients I have over the age of 40 that wish they had worked on strengthening their core when they were younger so that they could have better balance as an older adult. A strong core is really a crucial part to achieving excellent balance.
Even if you are just doing an everyday chore like washing dishes at the sink, you can still be strengthening your core. By standing on one leg and not letting the lifted leg touch the ground, you are contracting your core muscles. By doing this you are strengthening your core muscles along with improving your balance and stability!
A Stronger Back
I bet you didn’t know your core strength played such a big part in having a strong and sturdy back, did you? Well, it sure does! In every day movements like reaching down to tie your shoes, swinging a golf club or even picking up grocery bags, your core is being your backs number one support system! Those everyday motions I just listed have a tendency to cause a lot of pain for those with a weak core system. Weakened core muscles can cause your back to be strained with just the slightest wrong move.
TRAINER TIP: For a stronger back, try working on your core strength at your desk! By sitting on stability ball instead of in a desk chair, you will have to use your core muscles to keep yourself in a stable position and it will help keep your spine aligned, core tight and the muscles in your back engaged.
What is there to learn from all of this? DON’T SKIP AB DAY, but remember, your abdominal muscles are just like every other muscle in your body – they need a rest day! It’s a common misconception that you should work your abdominal muscles each day. Don’t overdo it and let them recover for 24 hours before working them again.
Come visit us at Gold’s Gym on Hospital Drive! We would LOVE to have you try out our Group Fitness Centergy class! It’s a great workout that will help you with all you have just learned in terms of strengthening up your core, back muscles and managing your balance and stability! CLICK HERE for a free pass!