Having Solid Core Muscles can have Multiple Health Benefits

Your core muscles include your abdominals, back muscles, and pelvis muscles. Keeping them strong and toned can have multiple health benefits including:

  1. Improves strength
  2. Improves your posture
  3. Improves your range of motion and flexibility
  4. Makes it easier to perform activities of daily living such as taking out the garbage, loading the dishwasher, and lifting your laundry basket.
  5. Makes you less susceptible to neck and back injuries.
  6. Builds abdominal muscles- maybe even a “6-pack”
  7. Builds stronger back muscles.

When doing core exercises, make sure to keep proper form. Begin with just a few repetitions and slowly increase that number. It is also very important to breathe during exercise: slow and steady breathing is vital.

Here is an example of a core exercise designed to tighten and tone your abdominals:
  1. Fist, sitting on a chair, tighten your abdominal muscles and bring your belly button to your spine and hold for 6 seconds.
  2. As you do this, place your hand below your belly button to feel the stomach muscles.
  3. Relax and repeat 10-12 times.
Source: Arthritis Today, 2011.

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