Quote: “In order to be wealthy, you must be healthy”
This month's topic: What is the Core?
More importantly, why is it so important to have a strong Core?
The mid-section from hips to shoulders front and back, commonly referred to as the core, is the central command center for your body. If your mid-section is not strong and your limbs are (legs and arms), you are a walking injury waiting to happen. The legs and arms pull off of the mid section in all movements. If you pick up something heavy with strong arms or legs and with a weak mid-section, you will be prone to mid-section injury.
The largest muscles in the core are the external obliques and the transverse abdominals. These external oblique muscles are long rotational muscles on either side of the stomach overlapping the stomach and back. The transversus abdominals is a corset muscle wrapping around the torso. The rectus abdominals also known as the “six pack”, located at the center stomach muscles, are most commonly over-worked. This can cause one to start to develop muscular/mid-section imbalances. These imbalances will automatically leave you prone to injury. Lateral movements (side to side) and rotational movements help specifically work the transversus abdominals and external obliques effectively. So, remember train the core by rotating, bending, crunching and extending and you will be on your way to a healthy and stronger core/ mid-section!
By: J. D. Reber M.S. & B.S. Exercise Science, CSCS & NASM- CFT
Remember, eat healthy and live wealthy!
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