The Importance of Core Muscle Exercises

November 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, Sports and Rec, tips, Weight Training | Leave a comment
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Author: Gavin Brodie

Core exercises are an important part of any fitness program and it is essential that you get your core muscles in shape. Your core muscles are the muscles around your trunk and pelvis, unfortunately aside from the occasional sit-up and push-up, core muscle exercises are frequently neglected. So why are they important?

Core exercises improve your balance and stability

Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work together in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether playing sports or just doing every day activities. In fact if you think of it most physical activities depend upon stable core muscles.

Core exercises are essential for that six-pack

Although you need aerobic activity to burn off abdominal fat, it is core exercises which will strengthen and tone those underlying muscles, leading to that much sought after muscle definition.

Strong core muscles help keep us active for longer

Studies have shown that developing a strong core can help seniors maintain flexibility, protect the back from injury, alleviate pain and keep people active and independent for longer.   Strong core muscles make it easier to do most physical activities

Strong core muscles make it easier to do everything from swinging a golf club, gardening or just bending down to tie your shoes. Weak core muscles will cause you to have poor posture, lower back pain and will make you more likely to suffer muscle injuries.

Core exercises can be done at home

Any exercise that involves the use of your abdominal and back muscles together counts as a core exercise. For example the ‘Raised Knees’ exercise is as good example. While on your back, stretch the core muscles by raising the knees to work your lower back which is often overused and prone to be painful. Keep your knees bent, pressing your back into the mat. Raise your knees toward your chest and grab them with your hands, pulling them closer to your chest for additional resistance. The raised knee exercise not only stretches and loosens up the lower back, it also compresses the abdominal muscles, whilst also working the arm muscles. Hold on to your knees for a count of 6 and then lower your feet. Repeat this move six times.

Core exercises can help you reach your fitness goals

Aerobic exercise and muscular fitness are the primary elements of most fitness programs. But to have a truly well-rounded fitness program, you should include core exercises in the mix as well. Whether you are starting an exercise program for the first time or you are a long time fitness enthusiast a well-rounded program is essential if you are to reach your goals.

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Gavin Brodie is a fitness and nutrition coach and writer. For more information on a fitter healthier life see


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