One thing you should know about me is that I strive to be open and honest with all of my clients when it comes to my own personal workouts and nutrition. I eat donuts, love French fries, and drink the occasional glass of wine or beer. I also skip core workouts more than I should and I’m guessing I’m not alone in admitting this.
You might skip your twice weekly core workouts because you’re too tired at the end of a workout, or because of pure laziness (yes, it happens to the best of us). You might even have the thought process that you’ll never have a six pack so why bother. Whatever the reason might be (and there’s absolutely ZERO judgment here), I need you to know that there’s more to core strength than ab muscles or an aesthetic appeal.
Five reasons to strengthen your core:
1. Help Prevent Injuries
It’s easy to assume that when we’re moving, our extremities do most of the work, but the opposite is actually true - most movement starts at the center and moves outward. Developing a strong torso means building both core stability (the deep internal muscles close to the spine) and core strength (think “six pack” abs). A rock-solid center will help ensure that your movements are strong and pain-free.
2. Protect Your Organs and Central Nervous System
Staying healthy also means protecting the vital systems below the surface. Keeping strong core muscles will help ensure everything stays protected as you move through your day.
3. Safer Everyday Movement
Daily tasks—such as maintaining balance on an icy sidewalk, carrying groceries, and walking up a steep flight of stairs—are easier and less likely to result in an injury when your core is strong. Not only do you have better control of your muscles, but you can more easily find your center in the event that you’re caught off-balance.
4. Prevent Low Back Pain and Improve Balance
Back pain is a common side effect of a weak core. Building core strength will help bring balance to the front and back of your body. Many people sit at a desk all day which doesn’t help. Not being mindful of how we’re sitting, how long we’re sitting for, and not engaging our core, can lead to poor posture and back pain.
5. You'll develop a slimmer waistline
The proper intensity, exercise selection, and frequency of core training will reduce your waist circumference, a marker of long-term health risk.
Add this core workout into your workouts this week to continue to build core stability and strength.