Core…we all hear that word being thrown around all the time. You have back pain, strengthen your core; have a new hip, strengthen your core; jammed your big toe, strengthen your core..?
The truth is, having a strong core is a very important component to how your body moves, and how everything works together. Think of your core as the foundation to a building, on which everything else is built and braches off. In proper movement, your core must activate before anything else is able to move. Having a stronger core means more stability, and more stability means less risk of injury, decreased incidences of falls, and overall better athletic performance.
So, let’s take it back a step; what really is your core? You core consists of many muscles, located mainly in the torso region, that work together to help us achieve all daily functional activities. They are not only our “abs”, but are also much deeper muscles, some located close to the spine, and others in the pelvic floor. The provide strength and stability, but also play a role in continence and in maintaining the internal pressure of the body, as well as in breathing and delivering babies.
The core plays a huge role in everything that we do every day. Many of our daily aches and pains can be resolved from achieving a stronger core. Improving your posture starts with a strong core. Recovering from an injury or a joint replacement requires a strong core. Athletes looking to improve their performance should incorporate core strengthening into their exercise program. Maintaining continence as we age also relies on the strength of our core. Regardless of your age, injury, or stage in recovery, core strength and stability is an integral part in reaching your goals and improving overall performance.
Core Anatomy: Muscles Of the Core. Author American Council on Exercise Contributor Read More Less - https://www.acefitness.org/fitness-certifications/resource-center/exam-preparation-blog/3562/core-anatomy-muscles-of-the-core
Does Core Strength Training Influence Running Kinetics, Lower-Extremity Stability, and 5000-m Performance in Runners? Kimitake Sato-Monique Mokha - Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research - 2009