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The Beer Gut is Out and Sexy Abs Are In

By Debra Rodzinak

Unfortunately, I missed this memo until it was too late. Now my stomach is flabby, my back hurts, and I feel horrible! Fortunately, there is a remedy to sporting a flabby tummy and sore back—core exercises.

Not easy, or everyone would do them, core exercises are needed to complete any fitness program. Many times, these exercises are neglected because they are difficult. Don’t let the difficulty put you off including core exercises in your exercise routine. 

A strong core improves posture, gives you better balance, and makes your protruding tummy flatter. Who wouldn’t want all of those benefits for a few minutes of work? Having a strong core also helps to improve your ability to do other types of physical activities.

As with any exercise program, consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine. Injury from improper exercises or unsafe conditions are not what anyone wants.

Balance and Stability

Training the muscles that surround your middle help your pelvis, hips, lower back, and abdomen to work together. When all of these major body parts work together in harmony, balance and stability are achieved at a higher rate.

Tone Your Abs

In order to get toned abs, aerobic activity is needed to burn the fat layer on top of the abdominal muscles. But, to strengthen the abs underneath, core exercises are necessary.

Other Physical Activities

From playing basketball to walking up stairs at work, and even reaching down to tie your shoes, a strong core makes it easier to do all other types of physical activities. When core muscles are weak, you are more likely to injure yourself while doing even the most mundane task. 

No Special Equipment

Most core exercises, like the Bridge, do not involve any additional equipment. The bridge involves lying on your back with your knees bent.  Keeping your back in a neutral position, tighten your abdominal muscles and raise your hips off the floor until you have a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Do not arch your back or tilt your hips. Hold this position for as long as you can keep correct form.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Adding a regular chiropractic adjustment to your fitness goals helps ensure that the spine and joints are aligned and working well. Proper posture is needed to do most any exercise without injuring the surrounding muscles. Complete your well-rounded fitness program with core exercises and a visit to The Joint.

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