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Why Core Strength Matters To Everyone

Updated: Mar 14

Think of your core muscles as the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body. Having stronger, more capable core muscles can be the key to reducing your aches and pains. Let's say you're getting older and you're noticing soreness develop across your low back - better core strength would help you.


Or maybe you're starting to play more tennis and you're noticing issues develop along the arm you hold your racket with - better core strength would help you here too. And perhaps you're a mountain biker and you get stiff after you come back from your ride - better core strength can indeed help you out.


Whether you're hitting a tennis ball, riding your bike or doing basic household chores, the necessary motions to complete these tasks either originate in your core, or move through it. No matter where motion starts, it ripples upward and downward to adjoining links of the chain.

Thus, weak or inflexible core muscles can impair how well your arms and legs function. And that area of weakness can sap power from many of the moves you make.


Properly building up your core cranks up the power, reduces compensation and prevents distant appendages from getting injured. A strong core also enhances balance and stability. Thus, it can help prevent falls and injuries during sports or other activities. In fact, a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do.


The Breakdown on Why Core Strength Matters:

Below is a short list of reasons why core strength can help you - and there are likely even more than a dozen reasons, but this list still covers a lot:


  1. A healthy back. Low back pain — a debilitating problem affecting 4 out of 5 Americans at some point in their lives — may be prevented by exercises that promote well-balanced, resilient core muscles. When back pain strikes, a regimen of core exercises is often prescribed to relieve it, coupled with medications, or other treatments if necessary.

  2. Everyday acts. Bending to put on shoes or scoop up a package, turning to look behind you, sitting in a chair, or simply standing still — these are just a few of the many mundane actions that rely on your core and that you might not notice until they become difficult or painful. Even basic activities of daily living — bathing or dressing, for example — call on your core.

  3. Sports and other pleasurable activities. Golfing, tennis or other racquet sports, biking, running, swimming, baseball, volleyball, kayaking, rowing and many other athletic activities are powered by a strong core.

  4. Housework, fix-it work, and gardening. Bending, lifting, twisting, carrying, hammering, reaching overhead — even vacuuming, mopping, and dusting are acts that spring from, or pass through, the core.

  5. On-the-job tasks. Jobs that involve lifting, twisting, and standing all rely on core muscles. But less obvious tasks — like sitting at your desk for hours — engage your core as well. Phone calls, typing, computer use, and similar work can make back muscles surprisingly stiff and sore, particularly if you're not strong enough to practice good posture and aren't taking sufficient breaks.

  6. Balance and stability. Your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction, even on the bumpiest terrain, or stand in one spot without losing your balance. Viewed this way, core exercises can lessen your risk of falling.


As you can see core strength is almost pivotal to everything we do. So how do you improve on your core strength? Since the core comprises of everything between your ribs and pelvis there's a real litany of exercises out there that can all do something for your core strength, coordination and motion.


In the follow up to this article (hopefully completed by March 21st after doing some filming) I will share several ways to target your core and strengthen the muscles contained therein at home. These methods can work for anyone and I hope you or your friends try some of the exercises to improve your capabilities! Feel free to share those routines and article(s) with a friend.

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