We are going to finish up our fats discussion with Omega 3’s tomorrow, but today I thought we’d take a lipid break and talk muscles instead.

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:
  • Dance
  • Olympic weightlifting
  • Pilates
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Yoga

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