Aesthetics aside, a strong core is an integral part of your overall strength. When you’re being active – anything from climbing into the car to squatting at the gym to walking across the room – the movements that make this happen affect your core. That means weak, inflexible core muscles can negatively impact how well you function in general. But that’s not all. Here are three benefits to building a strong core.
Improved Everyday Function
So many daily tasks rely on a functioning core – getting dressed, bathing, bending to lift something, getting in and out of the car. Anything you do in the garden, in the garage and around the house uses your core, and the stronger it is, the easier these tasks become. Pain or difficulty bending, standing and twisting can be a sign of weak core muscles, and unless you take steps to change that now, it will only get worse.
Poor posture can be a side effect of minimal core strength, and it has its own problems. Slouching is hard on the spine and can lead to spinal issues, low back pain, even constricted breathing. A strong core makes it easier to practice good posture, which protects the spine and helps cultivate the benefits of regular exercise.
Strengthening your core muscles can help reduce low back pain, just by creating necessary balance and reducing pressure on your spine.
Improved Balance & Stability
A strong core improves stability, which can reduce your likelihood of injury relating to falls. It can builds better muscle control, making it easier to find your center of gravity when you’re navigating uneven terrain. And, strong core muscles make you less dependent on other muscles for balance and stability.
Building a strong, balanced core is an essential addition to any functional training program, and the goal isn’t necessarily rippling abs. To create a core that looks as impressive as it functions, crunches won’t cut it. You’ll likely need to reduce body fat and incorporate strength training as a whole. Still, the benefits of a strong core can be overstated, and it isn’t too late to begin. For guidance, contact us today.