When we talk about the core, we’re not just referring to ripped, toned six-pack abs. Although, yes they look good, but they are not all there is to core strengthening.
Slaying in a bikini and rocking a summer-ready bod isn’t the only reason why you should be paying more attention to your torso.
Your core is your body’s powerhouse. It houses your internal organs and your spine, which helps you do just about… everything.
Here are 5 important benefits of developing core strength:
Protect CNS and inner organs
Your core is where your internal organs and spine lives and where they do all the important body functions. Not only that, your core also contains your body’s largest (and most important) arteries and veins. A strong core will ensure these vital organs are protected during any kind of movement throughout the day.
“It is crucial to build core stability before core strength,” says Martha Purdy, a physiotherapist at Halifax Health Centre. Core stability involves your deep internal muscles located close to your spine, while core strength involves the six-pack cut all of us want to achieve.
Purdy adds that if you have a strong core, your overall fitness will also improve and help you less likely to get injured. Most of our movements start at the center of our bodies. Having a solid core will help make sure that our movements are pain-free and strong.
Improve your posture
A strong core helps you carry yourself with confidence. A tall, upright posture helps you feel strong and in control.
Ease back pain
Back pain is a telltale sign of a weak core. It’s mostly because your back muscles are doing all the work. Building a strong core will help balance the front and back of your body.
You’ll feel great
Once you’ve built core stability, you can begin pumping up your superficial core muscles to build strength that translates to something you can see – abs.
Building core strength is working from inside out. Start strengthening your core today.