A strong core is far more important than a six-pack. To appreciate how critical strong core muscles are, it’s helpful to understand what makes up your core. Many people believe that “core” and “abs” are synonymous, but this is not the case. While the abdominal muscles are included in the core, it also includes the numerous muscles that move your hips and back.
Here we compiled a list of three major reasons to know the importance of strong core.
With a strong core, you’d be able to activate and engage that cylinder whenever your spine or organs were in danger — for example, during a heavy squat or deadlift. Numerous studies have demonstrated that core strength training can help alleviate back pain, although some research indicates that total-body strength training may be more effective than core strength training alone (which is probably true) even during online personal training sessions.
Having strong core muscles allows you to keep your spine in a safe, neutral position when you move, rather than flexing, extending, or rotating too much, which hurts at best and can cause you to hurt yourself at worst.
Except at the extremities, your core is partially responsible for all types of movement (like twirling your ankle, although if you do this standing up, your core still supports you). Your core muscles enable you to bend, twist, flex, extend, step, jump, sit up, and simply stand. The stronger your core, the more effectively you can perform these movements.
However, the benefits are not limited to athletes. The average person can benefit from core strength as well, including setting new personal bests in the gym, increasing mileage on the road or trail, and achieving the coveted first pull-up. You may be surprised at how well your newly acquired core strength transfers to recreational activities such as rowing, paddling, and rock climbing. However, if you exercise to improve your core fitness, you will feel more energetic and active.
Strengthening your core is also beneficial in the present. You can begin reaping those benefits immediately. If you’re young and adventurous, a strong core allows you to participate in more recreational activities safely. You can take on more difficult hikes that require more rock scrambling, paddleboard in open water rather than enclosed canals, or learn to skateboard or surf.
If you’re in your middle years, core strength enables you to participate in sports with your children or exercise with your dog safely. This means you can continue to enjoy your favorite hobbies without fear of injuring your back; it also means you can complete home improvement projects without hiring someone.
Finally, once you reach middle age, maintaining a strong core becomes critical for daily living. Do we not all desire to maintain our independence as we enter our 60s, 70s, and 80s? The ability to thrive in old age is contingent upon having a strong core. This allows you to spend time with your grandchildren and accompany your family on vacations. This means you can continue to be yourself.