Working on your body’s core strength can do a lot more for your health
than just giving you toned abs. While achieving a slim, muscular figure
can be a great motivation to do upper-body exercises, it is not the only
reason to get your torso in shape. Your body’s core, or the muscles
in your abdominal region, back muscles, and glutes, is your body’s
main source of power and is critical to both movement and protection of
your body’s critical organs.
The following health benefits show why it is a good idea to
strengthen your core:
Injury prevention: Developing the muscles in your torso can help to promote stability and
facilitate pain-free movement. While most people assume that our mobility
is primarily accomplished by the arms and legs, in reality, all movement
begins at the core and moves outward. The stronger your core muscles are,
the less susceptible you will be to a motion-related injury over time.
Protect your spine: Your core muscles, especially those in your back, serve a vital function
of shielding your spinal column and central nervous system from harm as
you move throughout the day. The weaker your core muscles are, the more
pressure your spine will have to endure due to the lack of support, eventually
resulting in pain and discomfort.
Avoid back pain: Back pain is a common symptom of a weak core. If your abdominal muscles
are weak, your back muscles will be forced to work overtime to compensate.
This is especially true for people whose jobs require them to sit for
extended period of time. Instead of sitting in a chair at work, try sitting
on a stability ball to ensure your abdominal muscles remain engaged throughout the day.
Improve your posture: A strong core can promote a straighter, more upright posture while your
body is in motion and at rest. A taller posture can not only reduce strain
on your back, but also improve your confidence!
Boost your energy: Not only will a strong, healthy body turn heads at the beach and at the
gym, it will also help you to feel better and more energetic. Strengthening
your core can help you to feel less tired during the day and promote a
healthy weight, especially when paired with smart dietary choices.
For more tips on how to improve your core, get in touch with the knowledgeable
Monmouth County physical therapists at ProFysio Physical Therapy today.
Our fellowship-trained physical therapists can create a custom-tailored
exercise plan aimed at boosting your core strength and help you achieve
the level of fitness you desire.
Call (732) 333-6360 or
schedule a consultation online today to get started.