Why is Core Strength so Important
What’s in the Middle Matters- MOST!
Core is a Team Sport
Yes a 6-pack stomach is super appealing, sexy and HOT! That front section of the core is what most people think of when they are talking ABS.Your core is actually your entire central region = abs + obliques + back muscles.This central area is the “control centre”, “cockpit of your plane”.This whole area needs to be strong as it works as a “team” to help support your spine!
Picture your body in skeleton form – in the front, between your ribs & hips, there are no bones!Only a few vertebrae in that central region holding your entire upper body to your lower body! That’s a hell of a lot of pressure on one small area of your back, and with a weak core, your lower back takes on too much pressure and does too much work.The abdominal area must be stronger to help support your back. They are a team!
Think of book ends – your spine is one book end, your abdominal wall is the other book end.Both are required to keep your body upright & strong.
Strengthening your core is key to alleviating lower back pain.When your abdominal area is weak, your back suffers.Maintaining good posture is key to BEING ABLE to properly activate your core.You can actually strengthen your core all day, while you walk, sit & move without having to be in workout mode.
There are vertical ab muscles and there are horizontal ab muscles….to keep this simple & easy to visualize. Activating these muscles takes focus but it isn’t hard to do!Coughing or laughing is the best way to activate your core muscles,I prefer laughing – it’s much more fun and better for your health!!