Exercises that target your core muscles can easily be done at home, even without equipment. There are many wonderful benefits to reap from having a solid core. Here are some:
Prevents back pain
Low back pain can be debilitating. Since your abs are in front of your spine, they play a crucial role in supporting your entire girdle area. If those muscles are weak, the surrounding muscles need to work harder to hold your spine straight—including your back muscles.
If, on the other hand, you abs and back muscles are strong, holding your spine in the proper position is significantly easier, and the risk of straining muscles decreases. Core strengtheners are even commonly recommended as a mode of therapy to help back pain sufferers find relief. Source: DoYouYoga
Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture trims your silhouette and projects confidence. More importantly, it lessens wear and tear on the spine and allows you to breathe deeply. Good posture helps you gain full benefits from the effort you put into exercising, too. Source: Health.Harvard
Better physical performance
Golfing, tennis or other racquet sports, biking, running, swimming, baseball, volleyball, kayaking, rowing and many other athletic activities are powered by a strong core. Less often mentioned are sexual activities, which call for core power and flexibility, too. Source: Cathe
Though most belly fat is found right beneath your layer of skin, about 10 percent of the fat, called visceral fat, settles in between the abdominal wall and your organs like the liver and intestines. That’s the more dangerous fat, an excess of which can lead to tons of problems—from heart issues to dementia to breast cancer. To cut back, take a multifaceted approach by mixing sets of crunches and planks with cardio to reach 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Source: FitnessMagazine
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