Written and sponsored by Princeton Club
WHAT MAKES UP YOUR CORE?
The core is the powerhouse of your body — the sturdy center needed for nearly every movement you do. The six-pack abdominal muscles are just the surface of your core. The core also includes the muscles that wrap around your torso, are in your chest, are below your lungs to support breathing, line both sides of your spine, are deep within your lower back and glutes, and are in your lower abdomen and pelvic floor.
1. GOOD POSTURE
The strength of your core muscles and your mindfulness in engaging them determines your posture. Your posture can be an excellent clue into weak and strong areas of your core, and where to begin to improve it. For example, if your pelvis tilts forward, your lower spine may be over-arching, indicating weaker glutes and abdominal muscles. Check out these kettlebell swings from trainer Trevor to improve your posture.
2. PREVENTS AND REDUCES BACK PAIN
Have you ever had back pain? Balanced back and abdominal core muscles are
key to protecting your spine and avoiding sprains or strains. Back pain is annoying and downright disruptive, keeping you from doing the things that you love. These simple exercises from trainer Wyatt can keep that back pain at bay.
3. DELIGHT IN LIFE’S SIMPLE AND ADVENTUROUS CALLINGS
Working out is about so much more than that 60 minutes at the gym — it’s about investing in your physical and mental health so you can fully engage in life in the hours outside of the gym! Twisting, reaching, carrying, bending, swinging, lifting, pushing, pulling — all of these movements involve your core. So if you’re playing catch with your child, kayaking on Lake Monona, making repairs to your home, running with your dog or simply sitting up to get out of bed, a strong core brings ease to every activity. Renegade rows, demonstrated by trainer Maja, can improve your balance and stability.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for how a strong core can improve your life. Start strengthening your core and creating your better tomorrow at Princeton Club TODAY!