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Understanding the Core

Many of us embark on new exercise programs in the spring. We embrace fitness programs with specific goals in mind, from overall health, strength training, leaner, shaped abdominals, or a slimmer silhouette.  An important thing to remember is that whatever your focus in training, core exercises that strengthen the torso and abdomen are a vital complement to your strength or aerobic regimen. Core exercises offer what is called 'static and dynamic stability.'  Static stability refers to posture and balance,while dynamic stability refers to flexibility, strength, endurance and cardio-vascular. So what are the benefits of including the core in your workouts? Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony, leading to better balance and stability on the playing field and in common daily activities.
  • If you're looking for more defined abdominal muscles, core exercises are important. Aerobic activity burns abdominal fat, core exercises strengthen and tone the underlying muscles.
  • Strong core muscles make it easier to do everything from swinging a baseball bat, to dusting the shelves or climbing stairs. They strengthen you against poor posture, lower back pain and muscle injuries.
  • Aerobic exercise and muscular fitness are the primary elements of most fitness programs. Including core exercises completes a well-rounded fitness program that will help you reach your fitness goals.
  • You don't have to go to the gym to do core exercises. Do them on the floor at home while you're watching your favorite show, or pull out the balance discs anywhere in the home!
Some tips to keep in mind:
  • Choose exercises that work all of your core muscles simultaneously.
  • Concentrate on the quality of the movement, form and technique over quantity.
  • Be mindful of your breathing.
  • When you need a break, take one!
  • Remember, always talk to a medical expert before starting a new exercise regimen.
Core exercises:  strength from the center!

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