Pop question! Do you know the main culprit for lower back pain? A weak core. I bet some of you knew that already. But for those who did not, it is the powerhouse of the body. All movement emanates from the core. A good strong core is vital for proper posture, stabilization and optimal functioning.
There are so many reasons to make core strength a priority. Some include stabilization of the lower back, running faster, enhancing flexibility, improving balance and coordination.
Did you know that if the core is weak, we have a greater risk of injury during a workout?
Core strength doesn’t just come from doing ab work. We also need to work the hips, lower back and learn to stabilize the core.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that we want to start core work with training those deep transverse muscles first and foremost. These are the ones we don’t see, but are the most important to train, as they prevent injury.
A great beginner exercise for these muscles is dead bug. Lay on your back with knees bent in reverse tabletop over the hips. Extend one leg forward to hover over the floor as the opposite arm goes back behind the head to hover the floor. Then switch sides making sure to keep the knees directly over the hips at all times. That one burns and it so activates those muscles.
After building deep abdominal strength, it is then safe to start to train the superficial muscles that we all strive to have. The six pack abs. But don’t forget… nutrition is vital when it comes to showing off those abs too. When we eat right (fruits, veggies, protein), not only do we optimally fuel the body, we begin to see those muscles start to show.
I’ll be back to share more with you in a few weeks. Feel free to leave a reply below with questions, comments, concerns or you can shoot me an email.
As always, the best wealth is health!