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Understanding your core

 

So what are core exercises? And why are core exercises so important? Here’s what you need to know about your core muscles – and how to get them in better shape.

Your body’s core is the area around your trunk and pelvis. When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen work in harmony. Strong core muscles make it easier to do most physical activities – from swinging a golf club to getting a glass off a top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes. Weak core muscles leave you susceptible to poor posture, lower back pain and muscle injuries.

Your core muscles work together to provide stability and protect you from injury. The muscle you feel contracting deep in your abdomen when you cough is the transversus abdominis. Other major abdominal muscles include the external oblique and the rectus abdominis. Major back muscles include the multifidus and the erector spinae.

Enter core exercises

Core exercises help you strengthen your core muscles. And it doesn’t take specialized equipment or an expensive gym membership to try core exercises. Any exercise that uses the trunk of your body without support counts. Think squats, push-ups , standing overhead press and pretty much any other CrossFit exercise.