The term “core strength” is one that is used a lot in the health and fitness industry, but what does that actually mean? I asked Laura Robinson, 5focus Physical Therapist and Registered Dietitian for her expert description:
Most people think of their abdominals or a "six pack" when they discuss core muscles. Your core also includes muscles surrounding and protecting your spine with cool names like iliopsoas or multifidi. These muscles help you create a stable spine around which your arms and legs move, and also help you twist, bend, and turn your body.
Core muscles surround the whole middle of your body- front, back and sides. Core strength is important beyond fitness; it also helps to protect your spine for everyday living.
There are many different ways you can strengthen your core, Laura and I both teach a core-focused workout called Kinesis ™. Some other core strengthening activities I enjoy include:
- Olympic weightlifting