6 Reasons to Strengthen Your Core Muscles

Strengthening your core muscles offers benefits beyond achieving your dream body or those coveted six-pack abs. Back pain can sometimes be caused by weak abdominal muscles (abs). Your abs anchor your frontal core, and if they are weak, the other structures supporting your spine, such as back muscles, will have to work harder. By developing stronger core muscles, you’ll be less likely to injure or strain your back muscles.

Why should I strengthen my core muscles?

Supports proper breathing: Your core muscles are involved in the breathing process, and a strong core can help you breathe more effectively, especially during intense physical activities.

Aids in digestion and organ function: Core muscles support your internal organs and help with digestion and other bodily functions.

Talk to us about core strengthening exercises specifically for your body and lifestyle during your next appointment.

Improves posture: A strong core provides stability for your spine, helping you maintain good posture whether sitting, standing, or moving.

Improves functional movement, balance and stability: Core strength is fundamental for performing everyday tasks like bending, lifting, reaching, and twisting with ease and efficiency. Strengthening your core also helps maintain balance and stability – which are crucial for various physical activities and preventing falls, especially as you age.

Reduces back pain and the risk of injury: Weak core muscles can lead to poor posture and strain on the back. Strengthening your core provides better support for your spine. A strong core acts as a natural brace, protecting your spine and surrounding muscles during movements and reducing the risk of injury.

Boosts athletic performance: A strong core is essential for generating power and transferring energy efficiently between your upper and lower body, enhancing performance in physical activities.

Dr. Kathleen Nazar Corbett’s Favourite 3 Core Strengthening Exercises

Top Core Strengthening Exercise #1: Curl Up

Top Core Strengthening Exercise #2: Half Side Bridge

Top Core Strengthening Exercise #3: Bird Dog

How else can I strengthen my core?

Combining core strengthening exercises with other healthy habits, such as a balanced diet, staying hydrated, managing stress, and getting enough sleep, will contribute to your overall well-being.

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