Strengthening the core is not just beneficial for your physical aesthetics but also a key factor for your bodily balance, performance during workouts and mobility.
Core muscles are the link between your upper and lower body and dictates how you go about your everyday activities. Whether it’s playing a sport, picking up something from the floor or even sitting, a stable and strong core is required for efficient movement.
Core muscles comprise pelvic floor muscles, abdomen and obliques. Strengthening these muscles will benefit you in the following ways:
1. Enhances stability and balance
A strong core engages the pelvis, lower back and hips to collaborate better and provide balance and stability to the body. Daily activities such as walking, running, and sitting are made more efficient with a strong core as your body’s alignment improves with a strong core and strain on your muscles and joints is also reduced as a result of that.
2. Improves performance: workouts and sports
As a strong and toned core improves stability, your legs and upper body synchronize better when performing workouts or playing sports. A well-balanced body is also less susceptible to falling down, thereby reducing the chances of direct injuries or soreness. A strong core also helps in minimizing the impact on muscles while exercising, meaning that you will be able to do heavy thrust movements more easily.
3. Burns fat
Core strengthening and toning exercises are a great way to burn abdominal, side and leg fat quickly. Core exercises let you practice ballistic movements that combine strength, cardio, and flexibility training, thereby helping you build strength, get lean and burn fat.
4. Reduces risk of back injuries
An aligned and upright body will make you less prone to have back injuries and pain. Core muscles are at the center of your body, supporting the neck, back muscles and spine. A strong core will reduce the pressure off your back muscles to work extra hard to support your body, reducing muscle strains, risk of injury and back pain.
5. Improves posture
A good posture is important to reduce the impact of everyday wear and tear on your spine and also helps you breathe better by ensuring that oxygen reaches your muscles efficiently. Strengthening core muscles will help straighten the position of your spine, and stretching your back to align your posture appropriately.
Core strengthening exercises such as planks, bridge pose and crunches will help you get those toned abs and obliques. A balanced nutritious diet to supplement your workout will add to your core’s strength.
So, ladies, get ready to work your core and reap the benefits of a toned and stable body.