What is the core, and why is it important?
The core is the center of our body, and its function is to stabilize the trunk while the arms and legs move. The core consists of muscles that stabilize the hips, torso, and shoulders, therefore having a strong core can help us prevent major injuries, while improving balance and stability. Building a strong core can make it easier to do most physical activities, whether it just be daily tasks or sport performance. Weak core muscles can lead to poor posture, low back pain, and muscle injuries, therefore it is crucial to build a strong core alongside your daily exercise routine.
Benefits of core strength/stability include:
Exercises for core stability strengthening
If you have any pain during exercises, or are unsure about what you are doing, please consult your local physiotherapist before continuing.
Healthwise Staff (2017). Fitness: Increasing Core Stability.
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Stand on one leg with your core engaged, hold for thirty seconds then progress it to sixty seconds. Repeat it four times, four times per day. Once mastered, then you can use a wobble pad underneath.