• Everyday activities
• A healthy back
• Sports and recreation
• Balance and stability
• Good posture
Your core muscles are the link connecting your upper and lower body. Whether you're squatting with weights or mopping the floor, the necessary motions either originate in, or move through your core.
Weak core muscles impair how well your body functions in your workouts and in your daily life.
Strengthening your core enhances power, balance and stability. A strong core can also help prevent falls and injuries during sports or other activities.
Here are 6 of our favorite benefits of a strong core.
Bending to put on shoes or scoop up a package, turning to look behind you, sitting in a chair, or simply standing still — these are just a few of the many mundane actions that rely on your core and that you might not notice until they become difficult or painful.
A healthy back
Low back pain may be prevented by exercises that promote strong core muscles.
Sports and Recreation
Golfing, tennis or other racquet sports, biking, running, swimming, baseball, volleyball, kayaking, rowing and many other athletic activities are powered by a strong core.
Bending, lifting, twisting, carrying a kid, hammering, reaching overhead — even vacuuming, mopping, and dusting are acts that spring from, or pass through, the core.
Balance and stability
Your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction, even on the bumpiest terrain. Core exercises can lessen your risk of falling.
Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture trims your silhouette and projects confidence. More importantly, it lessens wear and tear on the spine and allows you to breathe deeply.
Remember your core is not all about washboard abs. Your core consists of your abdominal muscles as well as your back, hips, chest and shoulders.