Developing a Strong and Durable Core


 

Your core is quite possible the most important part of your body. While most people tend to think of your core as simply six-pack abs, the truth is, your core encompasses so much more. Specifically, your core typically measures from just under your chest, all the way to glutes, front and back. Your core is a vital component of your anatomy, as is primarily responsible for a lot of everyday tasks. Whether your lifting your son or daughter up or carrying your groceries in from the car, chances are, you're activating your core in one way or another. Developing and strengthening your core can ultimately make a lot of these tasks a lot of easier, and prevent any injuries further down the line. 

One of the biggest problems that men and women have with core training is that the focus lies solely on the abdominal muscles. It's one of the reasons you see men and women on the floor sweating through repeated rounds of sit-ups, which can actually put an unnecessary strain on your neck and back. Rather than resorting to endless amounts of crunches, focus on a routine that targets the entire body. Pilates or yoga programs can do wonders for the overall strengthening of your core, as they target and isolates more than just your abdominals. A great exercise that engages your entire core is the plank, which can be held anywhere from 20 seconds to three minutes depending on your fitness level.

And of course, to ensure that your muscles don't become too overworked and sore after a workout, ensure that you're giving yourself ample time to stretch. Stretching is one of the most underrated aspects of an exercise program, and more than a few people often overlook it. Stretching after your workouts is crucial not only to your recovery, but can also prevent injuries. Aim to stretch for at least 10 to 15 minutes after your workout to ensure you're taking proper care of your muscles. You'll be thankful that you did!

References: Health.com

Image: Daniela Vladimirova


By Ryan Bisram| May 23, 2013
Categories:  Care

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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