About This Program
Core exercises consist of different forms of abdominal strengthening exercises. The muscles more commonly known as ‘abs’ run in many different directions, therefore just sit ups aren’t enough to train each different muscle. The main muscles are the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and the obliques. It is most beneficial to train your core for anti-rotation, anti-flexion, and anti-extension, as this trains the fibres of all muscles. Good exercises for each group are plank, leg lifts, and side planks. The benefits of strengthening your core muscles are improvements to balance which transfers to sport performance and activities of daily living. Also, a strong core will improve posture and lessen lower back pain as the core will give less work for the back muscles. Lastly, core exercises will help to lose fat around the abdomen and have a slimmer figure.
Who benefits from core exercises?
Anyone can benefit for core exercises, as its translation to improved balance and ability to perform daily activities is very positive. But beginners to physical activity should start with basic exercises that engage the muscles rather than strengthen them. This is because at first a weak core means that the bigger stronger muscles will dominate in exercise, which could cause strain or injury if done with too much intensity.
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