3 Ways to Improve Your Core Muscles

By Genevieve Cunningham

The core is one of the most important parts of our bodies. Usually when we think of the core, we think of appearance. We think of six-pack abs, complete lack of a muffin top, and being comfortable in a bathing suit. And truthfully, these things matter in a way. We do want to feel good in our own bodies. But the health of the core is a lot more important than aesthetics. It's a huge part of our body's stability. If you want to strengthen your core -- both for appearances and better health -- take a look at these tips to try today.

Work on Balance

Many don't realize that balance begins in the core. It's not actually in the outstretched arms or the leg muscles that are clenching for dear life. Those things help, but the most important part in balancing is the center of your body. To strengthen it, focus on balancing. Look up exercises that focus specifically on balance, and do those on a daily basis. Just make sure that you're clenching your core as you do them, and your entire midsection will become more dense.

Stretch It

We don't often stretch the core muscles. In fact, we often stretch everything except for these muscles. But if you want the core to be strong, it also needs to be stretched. Use the internet to find stretches that focus on the abdominal muscles, the back, and both sides of your body. At first, it might hurt to complete them. But over time, your midsection will become more flexible, and as a bonus, it might eliminate tension and pain in this area as well.

Focused Exercise

Of course, exercises that are made specifically for the core definitely help. Make sure that your normal workout routine includes exercises such as sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts, and plank. These exercises are made to strengthen this part of your body. They're made to improve stability and create a more solid wall of muscle. Make sure you're doing whole body exercises as well, but be sure to include things that focus directly on your middle.

The core matters. It helps build a strong base for our body. We really need to keep this part of our bodies as strong as possible. Use these tips to create a stronger, more capable midsection, and you'll likely see improvements in your body and health as a whole.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Little Rock, Ark.

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