Most of us tend to neglect our core muscles, except for doing some situps and pushups occasionally. The core muscles are located around the abdomen and form the torso. They include the transverse and rectus abdominus, which are muscles that extend from just below the sternum to the waist, as well as the muscles in the lower and outer middle of the back and the obliques that run down the sides from the ribs to the upper hips.
Fitness professionals, such as personal trainers and yoga instructors, often stress the significance of strengthening the “core muscles” in our body.
These muscles in the middle of our body are crucial for optimal health and fitness.
A six-pack may not be necessary, but strong core muscles are essential. Strong back and abdominal muscles are needed for everyday activities such as lifting a 30-pound child, throwing a baseball or hitting a tennis ball, or sweeping the floor. The ability to perform these motions comes from having a solid core.
Neglecting the maintenance of our core muscles can result in a loss of strength and flexibility, which can hinder our ability to carry out daily activities. A robust core is essential for maintaining balance and stability, which in turn reduces the likelihood of experiencing falls and injuries while engaging in sports or household tasks. Here are seven compelling reasons for strengthening your core:
- Everyday activities become easier
Throughout the day, we often overlook the importance of our small movements, like tying a shoe, standing up from a chair, or turning to look behind us. All of these actions rely on our core muscles. Neglecting core muscle care as we age can result in losing the ability to live independently and perform everyday tasks. Being frail can cause difficulty with simple activities such as bathing or getting dressed, both of which require strong core muscles.
- Tasks at work will be less strenuous
Regardless of whether you have a desk job or a more physically demanding job, all movements require core muscles. Good core muscles are essential for twisting, lifting, or standing for extended periods. Even desk jobs require the engagement of the core muscles, as activities such as typing, sitting up straight in a chair, and using a computer can strain the back and make the job more complicated if the back is not strong and flexible.
- Your back will be healthier
Low back pain is a common problem in America, affecting four out of five people at some point. However, this can be prevented by strengthening the core muscles through exercise. When experiencing back pain, core exercises and other treatments to alleviate pain, including medication and physical therapy, are often recommended to reduce the discomfort.
- Household duties will become a breeze
Many household tasks, such as vacuuming, mopping, dusting, gardening, climbing a ladder, or carrying groceries, require strong core muscles.
- Sports activities will be more enjoyable
Strong core muscles are essential for excelling in various sports activities such as tennis, golf, cycling, running, swimming, basketball, kayaking, rowing, and more. These activities require a combination of core strength and flexibility.
- Your balance, stability, and posture will improve
To maintain balance, it is necessary to engage your core muscles. Strong core muscles are vaulable when walking on uneven terrain, as it reduces the risk of falling. Weak core muscles often result in poor posture and slouching, which can be unflattering and decrease confidence. Good posture, on the other hand, can make you look thinner and more self-assured. Additionally, standing up straight can relieve pressure on the spine and allow for deeper breathing.
- You’ll have fewer injuries
Many assume that the large muscles in their arms and legs are responsible for their movement. However, this is incorrect. The movement originates from the center of our bodies and spreads outward. It is crucial to have a strong core to ensure that movements are pain-free and effective. Weak core muscles can result in additional strain on the hips, quads, and knee joints, leading to exhaustion, discomfort, and the potential for injury.
One effective exercise to enhance core stability involves contracting the abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button away from your pant line, holding for five breaths, and then releasing. Do this ten times to experience the benefits of strengthening your core muscles and improving your overall health and well-being.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.