you have heard people mention use your core muscles, activate your core etc But what is it??? Do you know?
Core – What is it?
Core – a commonly said term among people, but do you fully understand what it is supposed to do? What does core mean and why is there so much buzz about it? Let’s take a look at the “core”. Without going too deep into the musculature of the core, suffice to say that the muscles that surround the vitals from the pelvic floor to the ribs and wrap around the body from the spine to the front make up the Core.
Core fitness has become an advertising buzzword, helping to sell all kinds of health-related products, but be careful not to get sucked into the traps of purchasing everything on the market. The overall result has raised awareness of the importance of core strength and the opportunity to engage in a critically important form of healthy exercise.
What exactly is the core, and what are you training when you train it? Your core muscles are your four abdominal muscle groups – the transversus abdominis, internal obliques, external obliques, and rectus abdominis. Back muscles, too, are included in the core group – specifically the erector spinae, longissimus thoracis, and multifidus. These groups of muscles are used to help support your spinal system. The importance of the core muscles is their ability to provide a center or focus for the physical work your body is doing. If your core is not fit, other muscles will have to take over, leading to the likelihood of strains, sprains and other injuries.
Who even knew we had a core? Plenty of people did long ago, but in those days no one talked about a core. They mainly talked about just strengthening the whole body. For many decades, football coaches, ballet instructors, and gymnastics coaches trained their athletes in vigorous and strenuous techniques that all focused on core strength. High school gym teachers knew about the core. Remember squat thrusts, jumping jacks, and push-ups? Football players, how about lunges, the 3 legged dogs and all those circuit training programs? All those ancient exercises train and work out the deep core muscles. We were doing core fitness before there was core fitness.
Why do we need core fitness today? Because More and more, of our work involves sitting down. We stare at computer screens for eight hours a day,instead of doing physical work such as farming or building, we type on a keyboard and talk on a cell phone. The long-term result is that muscles, tendons, and ligaments lost their integrity. Tight neck muscles, tight lower back muscles, and weak abdominal muscles are the result, and these issues lead to more serious problems such as chronic headaches, cardiovascular stress, impaired digestion and depression. Eighty percent of the American workforce have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. We need fitness activities that start building us back up again. To start improving our postures and the right place to start is at the center, core fitness is just one of the things that can help us succeed and achieve optimal fitness.
If you want to know more about your core or exercises you can do to improve it or test its current ability then please get in contact today so we can help. Call 0406886228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Melissa O' Shaugnessy founder and owner of Fit Healthy You Fitness. I want to help people understand fitness and nutrition by keeping it simple stop all the confusion.