When you think about fitness you should think about 1 key thing....... YOU’RE CORE. When thinking about your core you start to think about your lower back and abdomen, these are your most important muscles in order to accomplish a healthy fitness program.
There are many benefits to core training such as: Better posture, more control, an improved more powerful performance, a stable centre of gravity and most importantly a healthy strong back.
When you maintain good core stability, the muscles in your lower back, hips and abdomen work in accord with each other, this provides support to your spine and helps increased power to your overall performance.
A weak core can make you vulnerable to lower back pain and poor posture amongst other things and it’s because of this breakthrough, core training has become very popular.
To name but a few below are some exercises to get you along your way........
Begin the plank position with your forearms and toes on the floor. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending. Your head is relaxed looking at the floor. Hold position for 10 seconds. To make this exercise a little harder try raising one leg slowly hold and lower.
Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground and contract your core muscles. With your hands gently holding your head, lift your knees to a 45 degree angle. Slowly at first, go through a bicycle pedal motion, alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knee as you twist back and forth.
Begin in a seated position, control your core muscles and lift your legs up to a 45 degree angle. Reach your arms straight forward and hold this position for several seconds or as long as you can depend your fitness level, lower your self slowly and repeat.
If you are part of a local gym most of these will offer a core training class.