Your core is like a sturdy main link in a chain that connects your upper and lower body. Whether you’re waving your arms or scrubbing the floor, the necessary motions either come from your core, or move through it.
Regardless where the motion comes from, it ripples upward and downward to adjoining links of the chain. Therefore, a weak core can impair how well your arms and legs function. It also drains energy from most of the moves you make. Building up your core delivers power. A strong core also improves your balance and stability.
Your core is a complex series of muscles found in your belly and the mid and lower back. Core muscles act as stabilizer for movement, transfer force from one extremity to another or initiate movement itself. Almost every functional movement you make depends on your core, whereas a lack of core strength may increase your risk of injury.
Importance of Having a Strong Core
Simple daily activities. Bending over to put on your shoes or picking up an object, turning around, sitting on a chair or just standing still are just a few of many simple movements that depend on your core muscles. Even your activities of daily living such as bathing or brushing your teeth, require core muscles.
Occupational tasks. Jobs that require lifting, twisting and standing all rely on core muscles. Even sedentary tasks, such as sitting in front of a desk for hours, engage your core muscles too.
Painless back. Building core strength, flexibility, and endurance can help prevent body fatigue during challenging activities.
Sporting activities. Many athletic activities require good core strength to win. In fact, most of them depend on stable core muscles. Core exercises train your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony to build better balance and stability to boost your performance.
Decreased risk of accidents. A strong core keeps your body stable. You can easily move in any direction or stand still, even on an uneven surface without losing your balance. This reduces your risk of falling.
Good posture. Having a strong core is critical to maintaining a good posture. Good posture improves your appearance, boosts confidence, and allows you to breathe deeply.
Building Core Strength with Reformer Pilates
Reformer Pilates is a great way to work on your core because it targets these muscle groups. Every Reformer Pilates exercise is done with the intention of strengthening or stretching in some way. A flexible core is a strong core. Reformer Pilates develops a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips, shoulders and pelvis. While Reformer Pilates focuses on core strength, it trains your body as an integrated whole.
If you would like to know more about strengthening your core, book in for your Free Pilates Body Assessment (valued at $80) today!