Why a strong core is so important
A strong core is one of the most important components of having a strong body. The core consists of muscles that wrap around and stabilize our spine, lower back and pelvis. Watch this simple explanation of core anatomy for a demonstration of the muscles involved.
Having an effective core means that the muscles of the hips, lower back, abdominals, pelvis are all strong and balanced. When our core muscles are strong we have better posture, improved hip alignment and better overall coordination and movement. This is because all our muscles are being held in place where they should be and are working synergistically. A weak core means that our muscles are out of alignment which increases our risk of injury as any sudden movements or twists can easily strain a muscle. This includes lower back pain.
Core training can be done by two types of exercises as shown below:
Full Body Movements with Core Stablization
These include other movements but involve core stabilization.
Gravity Ball Wood Choppers
Gravity Ball Power Throw with Lateral Movement
Core Specific Exercises
These exercises focus specifically on the core muscles.
Gravity Ball Superman Plank
Gravity Ball Push Ups
Having a strong core is essential for all of us. If you’re an athlete it increases your performance and capacity to overcome plateaus. If you’re not an athlete, having good core strength improves your capacity to move and perform throughout the day while reducing your chances of injury.
Give one of these exercises a try today and let us know what you think in the comments below!