Core weakness often leads to back, neck, and hip pain -- caused by muscle imbalances that pull the body out of alignment. These muscular imbalances force stronger muscle groups to compensate for weaker ones. This can be easily corrected with core exercise
. The importance of core strength in those specific muscle groups around the pelvis and torso is vital for your overall body strength, balance and flexibility. There are other benefits as well!
- Stabilizes the lower back. A strong and healthy lower back requires a strong and healthy group of core muscles to provide weight-bearing support to the lower back. Most lower back problems result from bearing too much or too sudden weight in the lower back. A strong core helps normal spinal function resulting in a reduction of lower back problems.
- Creates better links between your brain and your body! Core training improves balance and coordination and creates more and better links between your cerebellum and your body. The cerebellum is responsible for muscular coordination, balance, and positional awareness. A fit core helps ensure your brain is fit, increasing your physical intelligence.
- Improves flexibility. A strong group of core muscles reduces weight-bearing pressure on your lower back, increasing their ranges of motion, and leading to and increase in mobility and flexibility.
- Improves respiration and lung capacity. When core muscles are well-trained and working properly, your ability to breathe in fully and breathe out fully is greatly improved. More air means more oxygen, resulting in greater performance of all your body systems.
- Improves posture. Core training strengthens the muscles of the back that extend to the spine.
There are a variety of exercises to strengthen this area of the body and keep your back healthier. If you're looking for a core exercises to add to your routine, check out Peter Principles exercise library at http://petersprinciples.com/exercise
To paraphrase Detroit's own Soupy Sales ... support your core and it will support you!