Your core is SUCH and IMPORTANT part of your body! It keeps you standing and sitting upright, protects your back, and can even affect your breathing, circulation, and digestion (you’ll find out how!). Nearly every movement you make originates from your core. Keeping it aligned, stable, balanced, and strong is integral to your health and well-being! Here are a few really interesting and unusual reasons your core is so important that probably don’t know about…
1. Did you know that if you have a stronger core, it can actually make you a better runner? A study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research found that after 6 weeks of core training, runners clocked faster times when running 5,000 meters!
2. A strong core will help you breathe more deeply. When your core is strong, the muscles in your torso are more balanced – and that leads to having a stronger diaphragm and better posture.
Both of those factors can help you take deeper breaths. According to the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, deeper breaths help you relax and reduce stress. (win-win!)
And if you haven’t tried belly breathing (taking a few minutes to breathe slowly and deeply in and out of your belly and up through your lungs), try it! You’ll be amazed at how quickly it helps you to relax.
3. You’ll notice an improvement in your balance. A strong core helps align your posture so you’re not slouching forward. An aligned posture helps keep you upright, which can improve proprioception – your body’s “awareness” of where it is in space.
This is REALLY important- especially as we get older.
4. A strong core also can help keep you agile, active, and moving with fewer aches and pains as you age. We’ve all seen images of elderly people with a bent-over, “stooped” posture. If you take the time to work on your core and posture now, you can save yourself a lot of pain and discomfort later in life.
Since this all is so critically important we have pulled it all together for you in a guide complete with handpicked exercises sculpt a powerful core from the inside out. Click the image below to download the guide now!
Core exercises are especially important if you’ve had an injury; sit or stand all day at work; spend much time in front of a steering wheel, computer, or phone; or if you’re a new mom.
All of those factors can lead to muscular imbalances that, after a while, can contribute to pain and even injury.
Training your core properly can help counteract all that, plus have you standing taller and feeling more confident!
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