The benefits of a strong core go way beyond a flat stomach and impressive six-pack – although they’re obviously a bonus. ‘Weak core muscles contribute to lower back pain, poor posture and injuries, as well as making everyday life a little harder than it needs to be,’ says Claire Moore of Believe & Achieve ladies-only gym*. Want to boost your physical power? Try these core-enhancing tips.
Understanding your core
So, what makes up the body’s core region? ‘This “power pack” of muscles includes the abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles that support the pelvis,’ says Claire. ‘Often women put effort into training their abs, but the real goal is to stabilise and strengthen the entire torso.’ These core muscles have a very important job – they keep you upright and support your entire structure in day-to-day activities such as climbing stairs or reaching for something on a shelf.
Get the benefits
Physical strength: A strong core will be the foundation of your strength, stamina and power in your workouts or gym training. ‘You’ll struggle to find a sport that doesn’t rely on core strength for performance,’ says Claire. ‘It will also have a positive effect on flexibility and overall fitness, which will help you reach your potential, whatever your chosen exercise.’
Balance and stability: This isn’t just about being able to stand on one leg. ‘Balance is needed every day – when you’re walking on an uneven surface, cycling on a bumpy road, or trying not to slip on an icy pavement,’ says Claire. ‘If you have better control of your muscles, it’s easier to find your centre when you’re caught off-balance.’
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August 17, 2020