Any exercise that involves the use of your abdominal and back muscles in coordinated fashion counts as a core exercise. For example, using free weights in a manner that involves maintaining a stable trunk can train and strengthen several of your muscles, including your core muscles. Adding core exercises to your workout routine is rewarding both mentally and physically. Below are some of the benefits you can get from core exercises:
Core exercises work the muscles that are in your pelvis, hips, lower back and abdomen. Working all of these muscles together will lead to better balance and stability. Better balance and stability means fewer unwanted injuries.
Having a strong core can also help with performing everyday tasks like bending over to tie your shoes, sitting on a chair or climbing the stairs. Over time, simple everyday activities like this become more difficult as we age, which is why it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and stick to a good fitness routine that involves a balance of fundamental exercises including core exercises.
If you have weak core muscles you are more likely to slouch which is bad for your back and posture. Keeping a strong core helps reduce discomfort and improves mobility and support for your back while helping maintain proper posture and spine position.
You can’t talk about core exercises without mentioning the rock-hard abs that come along with dedication and hard work put into workout routines. If you are looking to get a lean and aesthetically pleasing midsection you might want to incorporate activities like flutter kicks, russian twists, and plank-based workouts to focus on your core.
If you are looking to reap the benefits of core exercise routines, check out the below step-by-step articles, videos, and guides from our expert coach, Pat Chadwick.