Why Having Strong Abs Is Important
Sure most people want six pack abs for the look of it. but a strong core is worth so much more than good looks.
"Think of your core as a strong column that links the upper body and lower body together. Having a solid core creates a foundation for all activities. All our movements are powered by the torso – the abdominals and back work together to support the spine when we sit, stand, bend over, pick things up, exercise and more. " (Better Health, 2015)
Core Exercises Improve Your Balance and Stability
"Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles." (Mayo Clinic, 2017)
A Strong Core Can Give You A Healthy Back
"Low back pain — a debilitating, sometimes excruciating problem affecting four out of five 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, physical therapy, or other treatments if necessary." (Harvard Health)
It Helps With 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." (Harvard Health)
"Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture trims your silhouette and projects confidence. More importantly, it lessens wear and tear on the spine and allows you to breathe deeply. Good posture helps you gain full benefits from the effort you put into exercising, too." (Harvard Health)
Whether you want a strong core to show off your six-pack, or to alleviate some back pain and help you sit up straight, training your core will help you achieve those goals.