WHAT IS YOUR CORE?
Did you know that your core is so much more than abs? While we think of the sculpted movie star six-pack when we think of the core, the core actually wraps around your whole body like a seatbelt. It is connected to your spine, bum, legs, and chest, and like a seatbelt helps you keep safe and in stable positions. While there are over 15 muscles that make up this area, the really important ones are the ones connected to your spine, and the muscles connected to your legs and bum.
These help you sit up straight, stay balanced when walking and exercising, and help protect your important organs. We think the core is often forgotten during exercise, so we want to answer some of the commonly asked questions about the core and help shed some light on this important group of muscles.
DOES HAVING A STRONGER CORE IMPROVE MY BALANCE AND STABILITY?
Yes! The other major reason we aim to strengthen our core is that it improves our balance and stability. Balance is something we can take for granted but is so important as we age and move into later life. Improving our balance helps us complete everyday activities without pain and risking injury, meaning we can lug the groceries around or play with our kids for longer and without pain.
Reducing the risk of falling and hurting ourselves is something that is important at all stages of life, no matter what age you are, improving our state of mind and mental health.
HOW DO YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE?
Strengthening your core involves more exercises than just your typical sit-ups or crunches.
Normal core and bodyweight exercises like planks, squats, push-ups, and sit-ups also help contribute to a stronger core, and these can also be done without any fancy equipment.