Your core is a complex series of muscles found in your belly and the mid and lower back. Core muscles act as stabilizer for movement, transfer force from one extremity to another or initiate movement itself. Almost every functional movement you make depends on your core, whereas lack of core strength increases your risk to injury.

Importance of Having a Strong Core

•   Simple daily activities – Bending over to wear your shoes or picking up an object, turning around, sitting on a chair or just standing still are just a few of many simple movements that depend on your core. Even your activities of daily living such as bathing or brushing your teeth, require core muscles.

•   Occupational tasks – Jobs that require lifting, twisting and standing all rely on core muscles. Even sedentary tasks, such as sitting in front of a desk for hours, engage your core muscles too. Working for long periods can make your back muscles stiff and sore and develop a poor posture if your core is weak.

•   Painless back –  Building core strength can help prevent low back pain. Strong core muscles work together in coordination to stabilize and support your body. It helps keep your spine properly aligned and your hip bones in a neutral position.

•   Sporting activities –  Many athletic activities require good core strength to win. In fact, most of them depend on stable core muscles. Core exercises train your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony to build better balance and stability to boost your performance.

•   Decreased risk of accidents – A strong core keeps your body stable. You can easily move in any direction or stand still, even on an uneven surface without losing your balance. This reduces your risk of falling.

•   Good posture –  Having a strong core is critical to maintaining a good posture. Good posture improves your appearance, boosts confidence, prevents back pain and allows you to breathe deeply.

Building Core Strength with Reformer Pilates

Pilates is a great way to work on your core because it targets those muscle groups. Every single exercise in Pilates is done with the intention of strengthening or stretching it in some way. A flexible core is a strong core. Pilates develops a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips, shoulders and pelvis. What is good in doing Pilates is that while it focuses on core strength, it trains your body as an integrated whole.

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