Why is Strengthening Your Core SO Important?
Updated: Jun 4, 2018
Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on a playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles.
Any exercise that involves the use of your abdominal and back muscles in coordinated fashion counts as a core exercise. Although it takes aerobic activity to burn abdominal fat, core exercises strengthen and tone the underlying muscles.
Strong core muscles make it easier to do many activities, such as swing a golf club, get a glass from the top shelf and bend down to tie your shoes. Strong core muscles are also important for athletes, such as runners, as weak core muscles can lead to more fatigue, less endurance and injuries. Weak core muscles can also leave you susceptible to poor posture, lower back pain and muscle injuries. Strengthening core muscle may also help improve back pain. (Source: Mayo Clinic, 2017)
Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates that emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness. Pilates is a repertoire of exercises and is known as a "functional fitness" method, which means all exercises translate directly into better posture, core stability, elongation of muscles, and graceful, efficient movement in everyday life.
Practically everything you do in yoga is engaging your core, from core-centric poses to moving from pose to pose, using your core to stabilize your body. Just about all yoga asanas, from standing postures to twists to inversions to balancing poses, require and build abdominal strength and stability. Yoga conditions the abdominal region for movement, stability, balance and strength.
Northern Star Yoga & Pilates offers classes for all levels. Start...or continue...your journey to core strength, flexibility, stability and mobility on the mat with us!
Written by: Tricia Slipacoff
Tricia is co-owner of Northern Star Yoga & Pilates in Sarnia, ON Canada. She has been teaching Pilates for the past twelve years.