Do I really NEED to train my core?
Over the years, fitness and health professionals have expressed the importance and benefits of core training. Regardless of your fitness goals, you know core exercises are good for you — but do you include core exercises in your fitness routine?
Aside from occasional situps and pushups, core exercises are often neglected. Still, it pays to get your core muscles — the muscles around your pelvis — in better shape. Read on to find out why.
How will core training help you?
Think of your core muscles as the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body. Whether you’re running, climbing a wall, or even mopping the floor at home, the necessary motions either originate in your core or move through it.
Core muscles are responsible for stabilizing the spine and pelvis as well as generating and transferring energy from the center of the body to its extremities. Developing core strength and stability enables us to maximize power output and perform complex athletic movements that require coordination, balance, and technical skills. When doing OCR obstacles, a stronger core will allow you to dominate with more ease and speed.
Here are our top four benefits of core training:
- Improves athletic performance – All powerful movements originate from the body’s core. A stronger core will enable you to generate more powerful and rapid arm and leg movements that will help you conquer OCR park with relative ease!
- Improves your everyday acts – Bending to put on 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 many actions that rely on your core and that you might not notice until they become difficult or painful. Even basic activities of daily living — bathing or dressing, for example — call on your core.
- Prevents injury – Focusing on core strength can help to stabilize weak, injury-prone areas and rehabilitate lower limb injuries. When the core is weak relative to the body, people become accustomed to overusing other muscle groups to produce the desired force in any movement. Generally, this puts more strain on muscles to generate energy and on joints to transfer it. Strong core muscles can reduce the risk of back pain, neck pain, torn muscles, ruptured disks, strained ligaments, and incontinence.
- Ultimately, core training helps you look and feel good – It improves your general posture, keeps your waistline tight and could help give you an excellent-looking set of abs.
Check out some of the obstacles available in OCR park and imagine how much easier it will be to conquer them with a strong core.