Core exercises along with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can improve your posture, balance, and overall health and well-being. Here is how you can build core strength.
Having stable core muscles is an important part of being healthy and fit and living your life to the fullest. These muscles help with posture, blood flow, stress, pain, and even digestion. Core exercises along with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can improve your posture, balance, and overall health and well-being. There are several ways to correct your posture and strengthen your core muscles. We've included information on exercises, nutrition tips, lifestyle factors, and a lot more!
How to correct your posture and core muscles
Focus on your posture
Stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, and engage your core muscles. Imagine a string pulling you up from the top of your head and keep your chin parallel to the floor. Practice this posture throughout the day. Whether you're sitting or standing train your muscles to maintain good posture. Remember that we do have a natural curve to our spine, so don't stand or sit stick straight, or you'll end up straining your back.
Do core-specific exercises
As I mention below, exercises such as planks, dead bugs, Russian twists, bird dog, and leg raises are great for targeting the core muscles. Try to include a variety of exercises that target the different muscles in your core. Do exercises that include the rectus abdominis (abs), obliques, and transverse abdominis (deep abs).
Incorporate movement into your daily routine
Sitting for long periods can contribute to poor posture and weak core muscles. Incorporate movement into your daily routine, like taking regular breaks to stand up and move around to improve posture and strengthen the core muscles.
Strengthening your back muscles
Many people tend to focus on the front of the body when working on their core. But the back muscles are just as important to keep balance and stability. Exercises like the Superman, bridges, and reverse plank, target the back muscles and can help with your posture.
Take yoga or Pilates classes
Both yoga and Pilates are great for strengthening the core muscles. Yoga poses such as Downward Dog, Cobra, and Warrior help to strengthen the core. While Pilates exercises such as The Hundred, The Roll-Up, and The Single Leg Circle focus on the core and help to improve posture.
Get a Massage
Massage can potentially help with core strength and stability. It does this by reducing muscle tension and soreness in the abdominal and back muscles. You should note that massage should not be used as a substitute for corrective exercise for core strengthening.
Certain types of massage techniques can target the core muscles specifically. Techniques such as trigger point therapy and myofascial release are the most common. These techniques can help release tension and tightness in the muscles. This can make it easier to perform core exercises and improve core strength.
Look for a sports massage therapist for a proper assessment and treatment plan. Soft tissue mobilization, stretching, and core muscle workouts relieve muscle tension and pain. These are just a few of the techniques we use.
It's important to remember that correcting posture and strengthening the core muscles takes time and consistency. Incorporating these tips into your daily routine and being consistent with your exercises and focusing on posture, will help you see improvement over time.
Also, we can help identify any underlying issues such as weak muscles or poor posture that could be contributing to your core weakness. Then we create a personalized exercise program to suit your needs.
Exercises for Core Strength
Core exercises are exercises that target the muscles in the abdominal and lower back regions. These muscles are collectively known as the core. They play an important role in maintaining stability and balance in the body, as well as providing support for the spine. Here are a few examples of core exercises and why they are important:
Planks strengthen the abs, obliques, and transverse abdominis (deep abs). Planks also work the shoulders, back, and legs, making them a great full-body exercise.
This is a great exercise to help strengthen the lower abs and lower back and reduce the risk of lower back pain. Lying on your back with your legs at a 90-degree angle, carefully lower your opposing arm and leg to the floor while keeping your back flat against the mat.
Russian twists work obliques and rectus abdominis. Sitting with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, lean back slightly and rotate your torso to the side, tapping the ground with your palm before returning to the center and repeating on the other side.
These workouts improve your core, lower back, hips, and shoulders. On all fours, elevate your right arm and left leg while keeping your back straight.
This easy yet hard exercise targets the rectus abdominis muscle. Lie on your back and raise both legs to a 90-degree angle, hold, and release.
By strengthening your core, you will be better able to perform everyday activities with ease, as well as improve your posture and reduce the risk of back pain. Additionally, a strong core can also improve your performance in sports and other physical activities.
If you’re ready to do something different when it comes to strengthening your core, we can help. Book a call so we help you figure out the best plan for building core strength and stability for life.
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Rafael has been in the health and fitness industry since 2006. He is certified by the NASM & insured.
Areas of Expertise
Joint Pain Relief, Post-Rehab Personal Training, Posture Correction, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Strength Training, Core and Balance, Flexibility and Mobility, Muscle Gain, Posture, TRX, Functional Training, Myofascial Release, Cardiovascular Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Stress Reduction, Corrective Exercise, Golf