What is Core Strength, and why is it important?
What is Core strength, and why is it important?
When looking at the core many think this refers to the Abdominals or 6-pack. However, the core is much more than this. It contains muscles such as the deep transverse abdominals, the Obliques, the muscles of the lower back such as the Erector spinae and Iliocostal lumborum, the Glutes and the pelvic structure.
This core also known as the natural corset. Protects your body and aids it in everyday and sporting movements.
- Pulls in the stomach which leads to a flatter stomach. (Something we all aim for).
- Aids in balance
- Supports the lower back, minimising the risk of injury.
- Encourages good posture.
- Encourages flexibility of the hips.
- Helps with support and stronger movements within sports.
Now everyone can do a crunch of sorts the trick to a strong core is how you correctly target and activate the muscles. Core training is all about mindful movements. Slow down the movement. Think about drawing the belly button through to the spine before you complete any movement.
Try these exercises:
- Standard crunches (mindful movements)
- Leg raises on a foam roller
- Instability crunches on a Swiss ball or Bosu ball
- Crucifix plank rotations
- Swiss ball pass