Your core muscles are the muscles that surround your midsection and include the abdominals, mid and lower back muscles, and the pelvic muscles. Although these muscles are not very large compared to the showy muscles like biceps, triceps, pecs, and deltoids, they are utilized in almost all activities of daily living. Here are some of the important benefits of strengthening your core:
Relieves Back Pain: The core muscles surround and stabilize your spine. If your core muscles are weak, the spine is subject to excess stress resulting in wear and tear of the vertebrae and damage to the spinal discs. Core-strengthening exercises such as Pilates or other body-weight exercises can reduce symptoms, improve back mobility and function.
Improves Posture: A strong core keeps all the bones and joints of the torso in proper alignment making it easier for you to stand, sit, and walk tall avoiding problems related to bad posture.
Better Breathing: The deep abdominal muscles, the multifidus muscles of the lower back, and the pelvic floor work closely with your diaphragm to ensure proper breathing. A weak core will likely cause restricted and shallow breathing which may negatively impact energy level and normal body functions.
Improves Balance: Good stability provided by strong core muscles enables effective movement of the knees, hips, and ankles ensuring lowered risk of falls while playing sports or routine activities.
Improves Appearance: Working out your core regularly in combination with healthy eating is a great way to tighten and trim your waistline. Even losing a couple of inches off your waistline can make a dramatic improvement in the way you look and feel.
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