Your torso area, or “core” is the body’s center of power. Find out exactly why you need to get on board with a stronger core.
I don’t know about you, but I for one wouldn’t mind having the abs of swimsuit model. Don’t we all want that? The flat stomach with the perfectly toned muscles? You know what I’m talking about. It’s the same glorious stomach that we are always envying, each time we spot it on the front of a magazine. 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 is 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!
Growing up, I was always told to sit up straight because it looks sloppy when your body is all hunched over. Well, not only is it sloppy looking, it’s 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 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. After a while of consciously making an effort to change your bad habit, you can turn good posture into the norm for you.
Unfathomable Balance & Stability
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!
Unmeasurable Back Strength
Back? Are you wondering what your back has to do with your stomach and core region? I can almost 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 the number one support system for your back! 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. This will help keep your spine aligned, core tight, and the muscles in your back engaged.
What should you take away from this article? It’s simple… DON’T SKIP AB DAY! However, it’s very important that you 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 every day. Don’t overdo it and let them recover for 24 hours before working them again. Once they have recovered, they will be ready and willing to go through the next vigorous workout you have planned and will be stronger than they were during your last ab session!
Even if you are an exercise hater, we’ve got you covered. Download this free, no obligation ebook – The Exercise Hater’s Guide to Group Fitness. It will help you find the motivation you need to get moving and you can get started with a Free 7 Day Pass!