BENEFITS OF CORE STRENGTH
Your core strength affects everything you do, literally. It is involved in almost every movement of the human body. Whether it be a tennis player swinging a racquet, a golfer swinging a club, or just bending over to pick up a package. It is the stable link that connects your lower and upper body; all movements either stem from, or pass through, your core.
So what exactly, is your ‘core’? Abs comes to mind for most people, but this is only partially correct. Core is much more than that- encompassing abs, oblique’s, pelvic and hip muscles, lower and mid back muscles, and ‘deep muscles’ that support your spine and posture.
WHY IS A STRONG CORE NEEDED?
For athletes, core is an absolute necessity. For starters, it’s a huge factor in generating power. All explosive movements incorporate your core muscles, and many originate directly from your core and move outward to your limbs. If you haven’t developed these muscles, you’re missing out on an extreme amount of power and explosiveness. Just as importantly, core muscles are responsible for balance and stability. Athletes with a good sense of balance, are well, better athletes. Think of a gymnast that can perfectly control his/her body, a skier that can adjust and compensate instantly while traversing moguls and un-even terrain, or a wrestler that can scramble and fight from any position without feeling out of control. All due to balance and balance stems from…
So what about regular folks? Why do you need to focus on core? Good question. Not only is core instrumental for athletics, but it helps for overall health and wellness for the every person, young and old. Any bending, lifting, twisting, or carrying that you might do engage and utilize core muscles. Even tasks like vacuuming or mopping the floor. Any of these things done with a weak core can lead to injuries and discomfort. Back pain, something that very many people suffer from, is most often a derivative of weak core muscles. Weak core is also extremely bad for posture and can contribute to ‘slouching.’ Bad posture promotes wear and tear on the spine and even prevents you from breathing to your full capacity.
So remember to not skimp on core training. Whether you are a pro-athlete or just trying to live a healthier lifestyle, the benefits of core training are proven to have huge benefits on your overall health and physical abilities.