There are many reasons out there to incorporate core training in your fitness routine. Whether you are doing it for the coveted six-pack, flatter abs in general, as an attempt to get rid of those love handles, or to just create better stability of the trunk all around, one thing is certain, your back will thank you for it. The back is critical to every function of strength and movement. It affects us in everything you do from bending, turning, walking, even sneezing. The back is supported by the “core” muscles which include the muscles of the lower back along with the abdominal muscles. This core creates a bridge between the upper and lower extremities. If the bridge is weak, it will collapse. If it is strong, it will allow the body to work as one strong unit, accomplishing daily tasks and even heavier workloads as necessary.
Benefits of Core Training:
- Prevent Injuries: When core muscle strength is insufficient, the muscles are quicker to fatigue. Fatigue greatly impacts the control and coordination of the muscles that protect the lumber (lower) spine increasing the risk of injury. Check out this article for some great exercises that will strengthen your back, no weights necessary.
- Improves Performance: Research suggests that having a strong core will stabilize the trunk and pelvis allowing athletes to maintain better technique in sport performance. A strong core will also provide a better vehicle to transfer force from the lower body to the upper body such as with pitching in baseball or shot putting. Improvements will also be seen in movements involving rotation.
- Treatment for Lower Back Injuries: Doing specific exercises for the back and core make a huge difference in managing pain, overcoming disability associated with back pain, and improving quality of life as opposed to just resting and hoping it gets better. In fact, research suggests that Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and exercise go hand in hand in working to treat back injuries.
So, whatever your reasons are for implementing core training, add caring for your back to the top the list. Having a strong back should definitely be a high priority in your fitness goals. This can be accomplished by working the core muscles which include exercises that recruit your back muscles as well as your abdominal muscles. Stop by knowmybody.com for additional tips on caring for your body.