Fitness changes as we age, and that could be why some people are surprised when they learn how important it is for seniors to have strong cores. But once you understand what exactly we mean by a strong core – and it’s not six-pack abdominals – as well as the benefits of building strength and stability in that part of the body, it all makes sense.
What is Core Training?
The core refers to the abdominal muscles and the erector spinae – muscles in the back and glutes. When we perform exercises to strengthen our core, we’re doing much more than crunches. There are all kinds of every-day tasks that use the core, from bending down to tie your shoes or pick something up from the ground to looking behind you, sitting down, or even just standing upright. Without adequate core strength, those things become a challenge.
Benefits of Core Strength for Seniors
Staying mobile and functional are big benefits, but there are more. Building and maintaining a strong core keeps our bodies balanced and stable and reduces the chances of injuries. It also:
- Helps prevent back pain
- Improves breathing
- Improves posture
- Improves digestion
- Maintains coordination
Where to Begin
Deciding that a strong core is important is a good first step. But how do you begin building yours? If you’re new to exercise, especially as a senior, a personal trainer – like the certified professionals here at Framework Personal Training in Reno – can guide you. Contact us today for a free consultation.