One of the biggest fascinations that comes along with working out and staying active is having a flat, six-pack stomach. Most people would more than likely assume that having a six-pack of abs would mean having a strong “core.” However, the abs are not the only muscles that make up the ever important core. Your core consists of the muscles in your lower back, obliques, rectus abdominis, hips, and pelvis.
A strong core is extremely essential to the human body for many reasons. First and foremost, your core basically supports many of your daily activities, which can include standing up from the couch, getting out of bed, having good posture, bending over to pick something up off the ground, and among others. The are known as the base of support for the entire body. The abdominals help stabilize the spine and the pelvis for good posture, the obliques control rotation and lateral movements, and the back muscles stabilize your spine. Overall, core strength helps improve balance and stability.
Having a weak core can have negative connotations, dangers, and associations, as well. First and foremost, the core is the first muscles that are activated prior to doing an activity because they are the muscles that brace us for support. In addition, a weak core can be potential risks for injury, which is common in the lower back.
Building a strong core and proper stability in the muscles can have a multitude of positive effects, as shown above. There are reasons why many exercise programs are built around strengthening the core and building a proper base are emphasized, including American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) programs. Core work is vitally important to the health and wellness of many individuals, so before you start wishing for a six-pack of abs, think about the other important benefits of having a strong, stabilizing core.