Updated: Aug 11, 2022
How can core strength help you be functionally fit?
The word "core" is thrown around a lot. Some think the core is a beautifully toned six pack, when in fact the abdominals are only a small part of your core muscles. While core work does help produce toned abdominal muscles, core exercises include a lot more than just crunches. Think of your core from your torso down to your hips allowing functional movement in any direction.
Building core strength can improve your posture, protect you from lower back pain and make you more functionally fit to lift your toddler or rearrange your furniture.
Benefits of core training are to develop Functional Fitness—the type of fitness that is essential to daily living and regular activities. Without a strong core, even the fittest person can lift a suitcase or get off the couch the wrong way and “throw” their back out. It’s not because they’re not physically fit – it’s because their body isn’t functionally fit (have core strength).
A strong Core
Strengthens your balance and coordination,
Improves your range of motion,
Improves your strength.
Reduces Back Pain.
Allows you to stabilize your spine,
Creates a solid base for your body, allowing you to stay upright and stand strong on your two feet.
Improves Postural Imbalances,
Can lead you away from injuries.
Your body doesn’t use just one muscle group at a time during daily activities. It uses multiple muscle groups, and multiple planes of motion at once as you: pull open heavy doors, lift your child into your arms, push a stroller or a shopping cart, going for a walk, or squat down to pick up your dropped keys, climbing stairs, bending over to pick up children, and carrying heavy grocery bags to the car.
When you’re putting groceries away, you may go from squatting to pick up a packet of flour, to reaching up to put it on a high shelf to lunging to shut the fridge door you left open, running or lifting weights.
A strong core often means more powerful and controlled movements making tasks easier to perform – helping you keep your body injury-free
A Strong Core also Improves Athletic Performance, because the muscles of the trunk and torso stabilize the spine from the pelvis to the neck and shoulder, they allow the transfer of power to the arms and legs. All powerful movements originate from the center of your body out, and never from the limbs alone. Before any powerful, rapid muscle contractions can occur in the extremities, your core must be solid and stable, and the more stable your core, the more powerfully your extremities can contract.
Building your core muscles is only one part of having a pain-free back. Things like good posture, efficient movement, good cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility all factor in to having a healthy back.
Functional Core Fitness workouts need to be done 2-3 times per week to provide results. Challenging your core not only improves balance and functional movement, but it creates that toned look that so many people crave.
Think about the amazing impact a strong core can have in your daily life. Your core is where movement originates and is the source of your stability.
The key to Core Strength .
Teaching all the muscles to work together rather than isolating them to work independently.
Training your body to handle real-life situations.
Helping to make us move better.
The kind of fitness designed to help improve daily life activities.
Stronger, balanced core muscles help maintain appropriate posture and reduce strain on the spine
If you're trying to create that sleek look, stop crunching and try functional core exercises.
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