Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles

Core exercises are an important part of a balanced fitness program, however, core exercises are often neglected. Here are some of the reasons to get your core in shape

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.

Core exercises don’t require specialised equipment

Any exercise that involves the use of your abdominal and back muscles in coordinated fashion counts as a core exercise. A bridge is a classic core exercise. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Keep your back in a neutral position, not arched and not pressed into the floor. Avoid tilting your hips. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Raise your hips off the floor until your hips are aligned with your knees and shoulders. Hold the position for as long as you can without breaking your form. (Burpees, planks, mountain climbers are all core exercises that we do at Bootcamp to strengthen the core)

Core exercises can help tone your abs

Want more-defined abdominal muscles? Core exercises are important as they strengthen and tone the underlying muscles of your abdominals and back.

Strong core muscles make it easier to do most physical activities

Strong core muscles make it easier to do everything from running, swinging a golf club to getting a glass from the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes. Weak core muscles leave you susceptible to poor posture, lower back pain and muscle injuries.

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