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Your core is a complex serious of muscles, going far beyond your abdminal muscles and includes everything expect your arms and legs. It is involved in almost every single movement of the human body. These muscles can act as an isometric or dynamic stabilizer for movement, transfer force from one extremity to another, or initiate movement itself.
Our core has three-dimensional depth and functional movement in all three planes of motion. Many of the muscles are hidden beneath the exterior musculature people typically train. The deeper muscles include the transverse abdominals, multifidus, diaphragm, pelvic floor, and many other deeper muscles.
THE SIGNES OF WEAK CORE
Lower Back Pain is good indicator of weakness in your core muscles. When your core isn’t as strong or balanced as it should be, the curvature of your lumbar spine can change. Even the slightest difference can place undue pressure on the vertebrae, discs or articulate facets that make up your spine, as well as the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround it, making you much more prone to injury.
Weakness of the abdominals increases your pelvic tilt. This anterior tilt creates an imbalance in lumbar disc pressure and increased risk of weak and rupture. It also increases wear and strain on the facet joint. Facet joint pain is another significant source of lower back pain in addition to disc pain. The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible and enable you to bend and twist. Nerves exit your spinal cord through these joints on their way to other parts of your body. Healthy facet joints have cartilage, which allows your vertebrae to move smoothly against each other without grinding.
Poor Posture - If core muscles are weak, your body will be unstable, and you won’t be able to sit or stand up right for more than a short period. Instead, you’ll habitually assume slouched, slumped positions, which in turn will strain your muscles. Only those with strong cores can maintain a healthy posture for long periods. Note that lower back pain and poor posture are closely connected, so one is often accompanied by the other.
Bad Balance - Your core muscles stabilize your entire body, so a weak core will affect your ability to balance. Since poor balance is not usually obviously noticeable, you’ll need to perform a test. Check your balance by standing on one foot with your eyes closed. Test one leg, than the other. If you can’t hold this position for at least ten seconds with both legs, your balance is subpar — probably because of an underdeveloped core.
WHY CORE STRENGTH IS IMPORTANT
- pulls in the stomach, leading to a flatter tummy
- supports the lower back minimising risk of injury ad back ache
- aids balance, co-ordination and flexibility
- encourages good posture and better flexibility of the hips
- helps with sports, benefitting a range of activities from skiing to swimming
A good core workout will focus on your back, spie, glutes (bottom) and hips as well as the obvious bit: the front of your abs.
TOMORROW is coming a PART 2.
If you are a total beginner or you are experiencing lower back pain, keep an eye on my FB page as I will be posting tomorrow the exercises how to improve your core strength.
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