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Having a Strong Core – Why It Is So Important

The core comprises of a group of muscles that controls and stabilizes the pelvis and spine. Apart from the apparent benefit of having a good physique and looking good, strengthening your core has a lot of other benefits as well. Here are some basic reasons why it’s so important to have a strong core.

Prevents Injuries

When your overall fitness improves, you are less prone to injury. Our core muscles allow us to stand upright, shift body weight, and move in different directions. If you have a weak core, you are more likely to end up with a musculoskeletal injury. A strong core prevents abdominal strains and protects you from injury.    

Protects Your Internal Organs and Nervous System

Your core is the area where all your organs and the central nervous system do work. Having a strong core ensures that everything located there is protected constantly.

Alleviates Back Pain

A weak core can lead to back pain due to lack of adequate spine support. If your back muscles are overly strong, it can lead to pain. A strong core will help bring balance and alleviate this back pain. Core exercises are often prescribed to help anyone experiencing back pain.

Improves Posture

Ideal posture is one that places the least amount of strain on your back, preventing wear and tear of the spine. A strong core helps you achieve this and keeps all your limbs in alignment. Core-strengthening exercises help all the muscles – from the top of your torso to the bottom. Good posture helps in better breathing and reduces your risk of spinal problems such as vertebrae degeneration. Improved posture also increases your confidence as you no longer look weak and defeated.

Improves Balance and Stability

Your core stabilizes your body, making your movements more balanced. Strengthening your core helps prevent injury as more balance and stability in your body means your movements are more efficient and you’re less likely to fall.

Better Everyday Movement and Physical Activity

Strong core muscles make every sort of physical activity easier – from simple movements to playing sports like golf, etc. Daily tasks such as walking up a flight of stairs or carrying the groceries are easier with a strong core as you have more control of your muscles.

Helps Regulate Body Weight

Core strengthening exercises help you lose belly fat, which in turn regulate your body weight. A strong core keeps your muscles tight and stops excessive weight from being carried on the body.

These benefits should encourage you to start core training and realize the importance of a strong core. So start incorporating exercises like the plank  in your workout routine as soon as possible!

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