Every fitness magazine or trainer out there is always talking about having a strong core. But is it really that important in daily life?
Your body's core is called the core for a reason: It connects all your limbs and houses the most vital organs that are needed for survival. While core exercises are usually thought as difficult to do, why neglect them when they are so important? Here are six reasons to convince you:
This reason is fairly obvious and needs no explanation. Want more defined abdominal muscles? Work on your core to strengthen and tone the underlying muscles. Couple it with aerobic activity and your abs will be popping out like freshly-baked hot cross buns.
2. Improving balance and stability
In one of our previous posts, we mentioned how the core connects your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to give you a good posture. When these muscles are activated properly, it can help relieve lower back pain due to a better balance and stability.
3. Staying healthy
While you are what you eat, staying healthy also means protecting the vital body systems below the surface. Not only does your core house the most vital organs of your body, but it is also where your body's largest and most important veins and arteries are embedded. Keeping strong core muscles will help protect these. For example, if you don't support your spinal cord with your core muscles, it will experience pressure and cause pain, affecting movement and ultimately affect the quality of your life.
4. Makes other activities easier
So, when you have better balance and stability, other activities such as swinging a golf club or throwing a ball becomes much easier. Especially for athletes such as runners, strong core muscles eliminate fatigue, boosts endurance and reduces injuries.
5. Reaching fitness goals
If you haven't already realized, having strong core muscles mean working out is much easier, therefore your fitness goals have become much easier to attain as well. As you have better endurance and less fatigue, you have the power to go further. It's a snowball effect.
6. No equipment needed
Sole core exercises don't usually need equipment because using your abdominal and back muscles together is taxing enough. For example, try holding a plank for a minute - making sure you engage your glutes, back and abdominal muscles. If you are not engaging all of them, it is not a proper plank.
Other core exercises
We have shared some of these exercises in our previous posts, but it wouldn't hurt to highlight them again:
Kimura sit-ups (one of our favourites)
If you are serious about strengthening your core, work on it everyday. Your abdominal muscles recover the quickest, so don't be afraid to push it. Integrate some core exercises into your program and remember to always do some conditioning. As our head coach says:
"A plank a day, keeps the doctor away! " - Prince Hew
If you are unsure about any of these exercises, don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or perhaps, just join one of our sessions to have a feel of the BMT experience. We guarantee you it's worth it!