Recommendations for fitness training have been varied throughout history. There was a time period during which calisthenics became very popular and even nowadays, there can still be major benefits associated with using bodyweight to build strength. And, we can all remember the aerobics rage that started in the 1980s and transformed the fitness world.
Well now, there is another important area of focus that has been a part of many fitness routines, but may not have necessarily been emphasized as a critical component. This area is our core. One of the primary reasons why core training is vital is because this area of the body, our “midsection”, supports a number of functional activities that our bodies experience on a daily basis. It does not matter if you are an occasional walker or an athlete – core strength is essential. Our core muscles allow us to move properly and maintain flexibility, while protecting our spine and back muscles against injury.
There are a variety of exercises that can assist a person in strengthening their core. However, please be aware that the standard abdominal crunch is not necessarily a core builder. These will only help to tone your front abdominal muscles. Keep in mind that the core encompasses a number of muscles including the back and the hips. Therefore, in order to properly train your core, include exercises such as the plank and floor bridge in your routine. Also remember, similar to other workouts, it is important to not overdo it and always check with your doctor when starting a new routine.