Consider Your Core
Your “core” is the trunk of your body. Core muscles include your:
- Abdominal muscles
- Lower back muscles
- Pelvic muscles
Your core muscles are used in almost everything you do. They help stabilize your body when you move. They help give force to your movements. And they allow you to bend over, twist, and sit up after you’ve been lying down. They also keep your spine safe and help protect your back from injury.
If your core is weak, you are more likely to experience back pain and injuries. You are also more likely to have problems with your posture.
If your core is strong:
- Your back is better protected from injury
- You may have better balance
- It may be easier for you to control your movements
- You will be stronger when you use your arms and legs
There are many ways to work your core. You can try classes like Pilates or yoga. You can follow a DVD of core exercises. You can also use equipment like a stability ball or machines at the gym. If you’re not sure where to start, talk to a fitness professional about what you can do to strengthen your core.