Core exercise strengthens the muscles around your trunk and pelvis. Making sure core exercises are part of your fitness program adds lifelong benefits.
Easy To Do At Home (or Anywhere)
Core exercise doesn’t require fancy equipment or a gym – a small amount of space at home or in a hotel room is plenty. You can go with the old standbys – sit-ups, push-ups. You can also learn about the power of the plank to build your core, or try the bridge exercise.
Improves Balance And Reduces Chance Of Falls
When you exercise and strengthen your core, you improve your balance and subsequently reduce your chance of falls. As you age, reducing the risk of falls becomes more important. In fact, about a third of seniors over 65 fall each year, rising to about half of those over 80. Hip fractures and other injuries are common, and falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly.
Strengthening your core will reduce your chance of falling injury at any age, as well as making any physical activity easier.
Improve Your Abs
One of the goals I hear often in my medical weight loss practice is a desire to rediscover one’s abs. Abdominal muscles are challenging to develop, and one of the best ways to begin is to do exercises that work the core. They’ll help you achieve a flatter stomach, even if you don’t aspire to six-pack abs. When you want to look great on the beach, building core exercises into your workout program is essential. There are more examples of core exercise at the end of this article.
Make Other Activities Easier
Core exercise gives a boost to any type of physical exercise. When your balance is better and your core is solid, it’s easier to be active. Whether you’re doing Zumba or lifting groceries, you’ll be pleased with how much easier it is when your have a strong core.
When you have a strong core, you’re less susceptible to lower back pain or muscle injuries. In fact, you’ll tend to have better posture, too.
Helps You Reach Your Fitness Goal
Strengthening your core is part of the challenge of losing weight. Even people who look relatively slim can carry a lot of fat around their organs, which is a health risk. Core exercise helps reduce abdominal fat and gives you a strong foundation to build other exercise upon. If you want to develop your body definition, compete in sports, or simply look good on the beach, core exercise will help.
What Is Core Exercise?
Core exercises are those that focus on your pelvis, abdomen, lower back, and hips, particularly exercises that help those areas work in harmony. I mentioned a few examples above, but here’s a more thorough list of core exercises.
- Air bicycle
- Bicycle Kick
- Bridge exercise
- Double Leg Roll Ups
- Russian twist
See more here.