When people hear “core strength,” they immediately think of perfectly chiseled washboard abs that were probably obtained through a million crunches. However, little do they know that the core muscles are way beyond that.
What most people do not know is that the core is made up of more than just the abs, and definitely, core strength is more than just having a flat tummy. The core is exactly as it is called – the core of your entire body. The center. And building a strong core will benefit your body in more ways than you can imagine, even without the visibility of a six-pack.
In a deeper sense, the core is made up of the abdominal muscles, obliques, pelvic floor muscles, the glutes, and all the muscles in the back. These muscles make up the core and play a key role in pretty much everything that we do. Essentially, every movement that we make stems our from the core, since all of the muscles in the body is connected to the ones that are found in that area. From simple tasks such as reaching out for a mug in our cupboards, down to heavy lifting and other athletic activities, the muscles in the core are all being utilized.
Generally speaking, a strong core is crucial to both balance and stability.
One great example to emphasize the role of core strength in our body is everytime we walk or stand on uneven ground. To be able to do such without falling over, we need strong and stable core muscles. These muscles are what are going to keep us in place and very less likely to trip or go out of balance. A strong core also improves posture; having a weak core can basically cause us to slouch over and have an ugly posture since there is nothing that keeps our body upright. Having a stable, strong core is very essential to the spine, as it also can prevent lower back pain and even allow us to breathe with more ease.
Additionally, for the most part, having a stabilized, strong core is what will keep our bodies from being able to move and carry on with our workouts, even when we are not primarily working our abdominals. Here’s are two quick examples: Do a push-up. As you did it, did you feel your hips sagging down, or was your stomach touching the ground first? During the deadlift, does your back hurt or do you notice your ribs to lean forward as the weight is being lifted up? If so, then these are signs that you have a weak core, and like mentioned above, there are just a lot of reasons why it should be given importance.
The final takeaway
Perhaps now is the best time to focus more on your core muscles and never neglect to work them out as a whole. Yes, as a whole. There are a number of exercises and movements that focus and target the core, such as planking, dead bugs, and rollouts. After all, a strong core will always be vital and beneficial to your overall health, with or without the visibility of a six-pack.