As a physical therapist, I love talking about a strong core. It’s nearly guaranteed that a least one person a week gives me the line “I don’t have any stomach muscles, those are long gone.” Trust me, even if you can’t SEE your muscles, they are still there. While most people think athletes are the only ones that need to worry about their core strength, the reality is core strength is necessary for all of us.
You may be surprised to learn that a strong core is essential during even very simple tasks, such as vacuuming, getting in and out of a chair, bending, and lifting. There’s this common misconception that our core and our abs are the same thing. Actually, your core is made up of abdominal muscles, gluteal (butt) muscles, the pelvic floor, and your back muscles. In order for you to have a strong, stable core to help you during your everyday tasks, all four of those muscle groups need to be working together as a team.
Thankfully, you do not need to spend hours at the gym or perform hundreds of sit-ups to become strong. A solid core routine can be completed at home, with no equipment, and in as little as ten minutes a day. Whether you’re an athlete, or simply looking to walk, lift, clean, and play, you need to be thinking about core strength.
Looking for a teaser? Take a look at the video below for just one of the many exercises we will cover!
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