Most people don’t realize just how important it is to spend time strengthening the body’s core muscles. You may think that core strength simply equates to that elusive six-pack abs you’ve always wanted, but you’re resigned to the fact you may never have them. Core strength is so much more than a toned tummy. Your core — literally — helps stabilize your whole body. It’s all about that core balance.
Why is my core balance off?
If you’ve noticed that you seem a little off-kilter, it may have to do with your core balance. Your balance issues may trace back to one of these conditions:
- Vertigo — This results when crystals in the inner ear move deeper into the ear canal.
- Osteoarthritis — Arthritis can weaken your joints, causing you to struggle to maintain your balance.
- A weak core — If your core isn’t strong, it can affect your balance.
Benefits of core balance
Your core — the muscles that make up the trunk of your body — controls your balance and stability. Here’s why it’s important to strengthen your core muscles:
- Physical activity, such as golfing, reaching for a glass or tying your shoes, is often easier with strong core muscles.
- Focusing on your core can help you tone up those abs and reach your fitness goals.
- Building your core strength can help reduce pain in your back and hips and reduce balance issues.
- A strong core will improve your posture.
How to improve your balance
Strengthening your core and your balance doesn’t have to require a massive lifestyle change. In fact, most core-strengthening exercises can be done from the comfort of your own home without specialized equipment. Here are some exercises you can try:
- Bridge — Begin on your back with your knees bent. Tighten your core and your glutes. Raise your hips and hold the position for 10 to 30 seconds.
- Supine toe tap — Lie on your back with your hands at your side. Raise both your legs to a 90-degree angle. Tighten your core and alternate tapping your toes to the floor.
- Warrior crunch — Slip into a sumo squat and put your hands behind your head. Tighten your core muscles and bend your torso from side to side, bringing your elbow toward your thigh.
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