Did you know that your core is actually a group of 4 different muscles that all work together as one system? And that your core is different from your abdominals? Woah!
Before we get into the benefits, let’s briefly define what muscles make up the core system.
For a better view of what these muscles look like and how they function, head to our blog post Strengthen Your Real Core.
Now let’s get into WHY you should work towards having a strong core system in your body!
Having strong core muscles will reduce your joint pain by “offloading” the joints. This means that when your core muscles are working well, it will take the physical load off of your joints, especially those around your hips, low back, and pelvis. A strong core helps you move more efficiently and effectively.
Specifically the muscles of the Transverse Abdominis and Multifidi help to hold the spine upright when they are engaged.
Yes, it’s true! Remember the pelvic floor is a part of your core system! When your core muscles are working properly, as in strong, coordinated, and efficient, they will reduce pressure on your pelvic floor (thus your bladder) and can greatly help reduce bladder leakage episodes related to stress urinary incontinence. There are some benefits to reducing urgency as well, but that conversation is for another day.
Your diaphragm is 25% of your core system. So when you are breathing better, your core functions better. Most of us live busy, stressful lives, which leads to shallow breathing or frequent breath-holding patterns. We actually want our breathing to be slow and expansive. Proper breathing will greatly improve the support and success of your core system.
Having a weak or poorly conditioned core system can lead to MANY chronic and troublesome body conditions. Most commonly related to hip pain, low back pain, pelvic pain, and abdominal issues. Here is a list of common conditions that can be a result of a poor-functioning core system:
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