Most of us realize that exercising on a regular basis is a requirement to stay in healthy and be physically fit; however, many people end up overlooking some of the most important exercises. For those looking to really getting in better physical condition, incorporating a strong core workout into your exercise routine a few times per week is very important. These exercises will provide you with a variety of different benefits.
While most people correlate having a strong mid section with six-pack abs, there are actually a variety of other reasons why it is important that you sengthen this area of your body. It is extremely important for anyone that participates in any form of athletics. It will help you remain balanced, improve your ability to twist and move quickly. It will also provide you with a certain level of explosive strength. These factors will help you improve in any athletic environment, regardless of your age, skill level, or the sport that you are playing.
Beyond improved athletic performance, having a strong core is also extremely important for overall health. Having strong and healthy abdominal muscles means having a strong lower back. Having a strong lower back may prevent you from having back pain and will allow you to function properly throughout the day. A strong core also influences good posture, which will further help protect your back as you age.
Since this is so important, most people should incorporate abdominal muscle strength training in their overall exercise program. Historically, the most popular ab exercises have been sit-ups and crunches, which target certain muscles in the stomach. However, these exercises have been shown to put too much strain on the lower back, for some exercisers, which can actually make them counterproductive.
Today, most of the core exercises can be completed at home without fancy gym equipment. One of the most productive exercises are planks. Planks are simple to complete and only require you to maintain a flat plank position for 30 to 60 second intervals. Doing this regularly will strengthen both your abdominal and lower back muscles.
Beyond planks, and other exercises that specifically target the core muscle groups, there are a variety of other traditional strength-building exercises that have been shown to improve the core. These traditional exercises, which include the bench press, squat, power clean, dead lift, and lunge, all primarily focus on muscle groups other than the core. However, with proper form, each of these exercises requires a certain level of balance, which will then inadvertently trigger your core muscles to keep your body balanced.
So include core exercises for a well rounded exercise routine.