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The Importance of Core Muscle Strength – Why We ALL Need It

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The ‘Core’ is the powerhouse of the body, think of these muscles as the strong central link in the chain connecting the upper and lower body. Whether you're performing a sport or mopping the floor, the necessary movement either originates in the core, or moves through it.

No matter where movement originates, it ripples upward and downward to adjoining links of the chain. Therefore, weak or inflexible core muscles can impair how well the arms and leg’s function, which could sap power from many of the moves you make. Correctly building up the core muscles really cranks up your power. A strong core also improves balance and stability. Thus, it can help prevent falls and injuries during sports or other activities. In fact, a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything we do: Prepare to be surprised..

  1. Gardening, DIY and Housework.

Bending, lifting, twisting, carrying, hammering, reaching overhead, vacuuming, mopping, and dusting, these are all activities that originate from, or pass through, the core.

  1. A healthy back.

Lower back pain is a debilitating and sometimes an excruciating problem affecting four out of five British people at some point in their lives. Practicing Pilates, a series of exercises which promote well-balanced, resilient core muscles, can help to speed up recovery and reduce the pain. Prevention would be the ideal solution, by practicing Pilates regularly will significantly reduce the risk.

  1. Everyday Movements.

Bending to put on your shoes or scoop up a package, turning to look behind you, sitting in a chair, or simply standing still, these are just a few of the very many mundane actions that rely on the core. You might not notice until these things become difficult or painful. Very basic activities of daily living bathing and dressing etc call on the core.

  1. Sports and Other Leisure Activities.

Golfing, tennis or other racquet sports, biking, running, swimming, horse riding, football, baseball, volleyball, kayaking, rowing and many other sporting activities are all powered by a strong core.

  1. At Work Movements.

Jobs that involve lifting, twisting, and standing all rely on core muscles. Less obvious tasks like sitting at your desk for hours also engage the core. Phone calls, typing, computer use, and similar work can make the back muscles surprisingly stiff and sore, particularly if the core is weak and you’re not practicing good posture.

  1. Good posture.

Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture trims your silhouette and projects confidence. More importantly, it lessens wear and tear on the spine and allows you to breathe deeply. Good posture also helps you gain the full benefits from the effort you put into exercising.

  1. Balance and stability.

The core stabilises your body, allowing you to move in any direction, even on the bumpiest terrain, or stand in one spot without losing your balance. Viewed this way, core exercises can lessen your risk of falling.

Weak, tight, or unbalanced core muscles can sabotage you in any of these circumstances.

You must wonder what is the fastest, easiest and most enjoyable way to increase ‘Core Muscle Strength’ to enjoy everyday activities without a second thought? Attend ‘Me..time’ Pilates classes in person or online, you’ll leave feeling amazing, both mentally and physically. For a small investment in yourself, you’ll be set up to enjoy your life to its maximum.


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