A strong core is so much more than just having a six pack or a flat belly! Your core is a complex series of muscles, which include your abdominals, but has three dimensional depth and functional movement in all three planes of motion. These muscles can act as isometric or dynamic stabilizers of movement, they can transfer force from one extremity to another and they can also initiate movement! These amazingly complex muscles run deep within our torso and they help protect our spine, improve our posture, and help us function on a day to day basis. Research has shown that athletes with higher core stability have a lower risk of injury! As someone who loves to be active with running, teaching fitness classes, and mom duties…I emphasize to my clientele the importance of core work and practice it myself!
My top three core exercises are push ups, planks, and side planks. As a trainer, I can gather a lot of information of what my clients need to work on just by evaluating their form on these three movements.
When working your core with any type of move, remember to breathe! Your diaphragm is also part of your deep core muscles! Also, it will help you slow the movement down and become more mindful while practicing the movement. Have fun making time for your core workout!