you enjoy going to the gym five days a week or doing a few
sit-ups occasionally, chances are you may not place enough
emphasis on your core. Because of the tendency to neglect this
group of muscles, it’s important to know the benefits your
body receives from core muscle exercise.
muscles around your trunk and pelvis are called your core
muscles," says Erin Pokorny, a Mayo Clinic Health System
nurse practitioner. "They work together to provide
stability and balance. In order to play sports and participate
in most physical activities, a strong core is a
provides tips to make the first steps toward a strong, healthy
some floor space and lie down on your back with your knees
bent. With your back in a neutral position, tighten your abs
and raise your hips off the floor. If you do this exercise
correctly, your hips should align with your knees and
shoulders. Hold this position as long as you can.
a pair of free weights, and do exercises that involve
maintaining a stable trunk. There are numerous exercises you
can try to find the perfect fit for your goals.
Implement a well-rounded fitness program that includes aerobic
exercises, strength training and core exercises.
Visit mayoclinic.org for more exercises that you can try at
core muscles allow you to do all the things you love,"
says Pokorny. "Without strong core muscles, playing your
favorite sports or hiking your favorite trail wouldn’t be
possible. Having strong core muscles is an essential part of
your health. To put you on the fast track to a strong core,
follow this advice, and get moving."