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Importance Of Working Your Core Muscle Group

Updated on March 14, 2011

Working Your Core


What does it mean when someone says that we should be "working our core?" and why is this important?

1. This means that as you incorporate stretching and muscle strengthening exercises in your routine, you take particular focus on the muscles of the upper and front part of the trunk, including the abdominal and trunk muscles.

This activity will begin to work the "love handle" area getting rid of muffin top.

2. It will help tone and strenghten your muscles, exercising your core muscles will strengthen and tone your frame while stretching the hip flexors and the muscles on the front of the thighs.

3. Improves physical performance

Exercising the core muscles with slow and precise stretching is just as effective in relieving stiffness and enhances flexibility. Once the flexibility of a person has improved, it follows that he/she will be able to perform his physical activities to a higher level and will be more comfortable doing so.

4. Working the core will help to alleviate sore aching muscles.

Static or slow stretching for core muscles is best for the muscles it's connective tissues. And because it employs slow stretches only, it will not cause any soreness, as do the quick, bouncing exercises that rely on jerky muscle contraction.

5. Lengthen muscles and avoid unbalanced footing as you get older.

Core muscle exercises lengthen the muscles that have contracted as a result of pain. It also prevents pain from vigorous exercise if they are included at the end of each workout.

Health and fitness experts highly recommend starting core work out immediately and repeating the routine at least 2 times a week. The process can be done after the workout or even during the activity, for about 10 to 20 minutes only.

Indeed, core muscles are absolutely important in determining the good posture of the body. Strengthening them can absolutely eliminate those nuisances of back pains.

Ok, so what does all this really mean?

When someone says that they want to flatten their belly or reduce the fat in their lower stomach area (pouch), they will often make the mistake of only working their front ab muscle group. Although this will help to tone and tighten the ab area it put the body out of balance, which can cause problems later on in life. However, if when you are working your front abs you also do stretches and muscle strengthening exercises that work your side and back muscles you will see an all around flattening and shaping.

This will not only give you more of a V shape (which everyone envy's) but it will also help to hold your stomach flat.

A Swiss ball can help you work your core muscle group
A Swiss ball can help you work your core muscle group

Side Plank For Your Core Muscles

Corkscrew For Core Muscle Strengthening

Reverse Plank

What are some good core building exercises?

There are many exercises that will help to build you core muscles. Here are just a few of the most popular.


Bench Press

Push- aways

Oblique V-up

Two handed wood chop

The bridge

Side jackknife

Swimmers backstroke

Side crunch

Reverse crunch

The stick crunch

V- spread toe touch

The reverse bicycle - which also happens to be the best belly flattener- better than standard crunches

If you currently work out with a Swiss ball, you can incorporate many of these exercises with your ball. Remember too, that when using your Swiss ball for some workouts you want to inflate it to full capacity, while other times you only want to fill it to 85% full and others only 70%.

Be sure to read you Swiss ball instructions to see when you want to change the inflation percentages.


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    • kathyfofathy profile image

      kathyfofathy 7 years ago

      this is true.

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      The Health Lady 8 years ago

      Dr. Richard

      Thanks for adding your comment. I will update the information above.

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      Dr. Richard Mercadante 8 years ago

      caution: working the abs does not strengthen the back muscles. Be carefull what you write. People hungry for information will believe anything. Most back problems come from an imbalance in muscle tone between the back and stomach muscles.

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      zangworld 10 years ago

      Very handy to have the vids...Just got to make myself do this daily!!

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      Beaks 10 years ago from USA

      Nice job here!

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      erun 10 years ago

      Wonderful information.

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      howardboon 10 years ago

      Good article. I totally agree that building your core is important. It is a great way to reduce your chances of running into certain types of back related problems.

      Videos are great.