Benefits of a strong core – it’s not all about the booty!
The booty has had a lot of attention lately as the thing to build up and bust out! But let’s not forget about our core! There are so many benefits of having a strong core and loads of exercises you can do to get it stronger. And it doesn’t take a massive workout to achieve it. We’re not all going for washboard stomachs and six packs! Read on for some ideas that you can add to your daily routine.
What makes up our core?
Our core muscles are the ones in the abdomen, trunk and pelvis. They act as the anchor and assist the rest of the muscles in our bodies while greatly influence our overall movement. The major core muscles are comprised of the pelvic floor muscles (hello mums after childbirth!), tranversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominus and erector spinae. The minor muscles are the latissimus dorsi, trapezius and gluteus maximus (we can’t forget about the booty!).
Benefits of having a strong core
We use our core muscles for a range of everyday things like bending, lifting, reaching, carrying things, vacuuming and mopping. By building a strong core it helps to;
- Improve posture so we don’t slouch and put pressure on other muscles.
- Reduce lower back pain.
- Improve spine flexibility and prevent injury.
- Have better balance and coordination.
Strengthening your core muscles can help with other exercises too such as running, swimming and sports that use your upper and lower body. Any exercise that builds lean muscle is beneficial to our metabolism and leads to increased bone density too.
What to do!
There are so many exercises you can do to build your core. A few examples are plank (and all the variations!), crunches, high knees, scissors, bicycles and mountain climbers. We have a bunch of 10-Day fitness challenges on our MOVE page or you can find a roundup here. They are just a few minutes a day for 10 days and easy to add to your routine. Or head to a Yoga or Pilates class to get your core strong in no time. If you’re sitting at a desk at work and feel yourself slouching, sit up straight and tighten your core. Breath in and out for 5 breaths. Or if you’re sitting at the traffic lights, do the same thing. It all adds up!
So whether you’re after a six pack or just wanting to feel a little stronger in your core, try some of these tips and it will make a difference to your whole body.