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Benefits of Training a Healthy and Strong Core

Benefits of Core Strength Training and Conditioning

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Many people equate a strong core with a flat belly or six-pack abs. And while those may be motivating goals for some, there are so many more benefits that come from improving your core strength, including improved posture, better balance, reduced back pain and easier breathing. Your core includes your abdominal muscles, pelvic muscles, mid and lower back muscles, and your hip muscles. All these muscles work together to support your spine and skull.

Benefits of Having A Strong Core

Your core stabilizes your entire body and provides a center of gravity whether you’re at rest or moving your limbs. You use your core strength whenever you walk, sit, or exercise. Since many of your body’s movements originate from your core, training and improving its strength will enhance your posture, spinal alignment, and stability. Read on to learn more about the proven benefits of training and maintaining a healthy and strong core.

Decreases Back Pain

Someone with weak core muscles ultimately has an increased risk of backache and back injury, since they are missing strong spine support. Core-strengthening exercises as well as core-engaging workouts, like yoga and Pilates, can help reduce discomfort, improve mobility and improve support for the spine for individuals experiencing acute and chronic back pain. 

Improves Your Posture

Core-strengthening exercises work all of the muscles of your torso. They help you stand tall, and keep your limbs in alignment. Improving your posture can decrease your risk of disc herniation and vertebrae degeneration. Better posture also leads to better breathing by opening your airway and making inhalations and exhalations easier.

Better Athletic Performance

What sport do you know that doesn’t rely on a strong core? Having a hard time coming up with one? In many sports and activities, athletic performance relies heavily on a strong and healthy core. For example, core training and exercises can keep a runner’s legs from tiring too quickly, and a stronger core allows rowers to pull harder and faster and baseball pitchers need core strength to throw an explosive curveball. A stable and strong core is critical to you or a client’s athletic and sports performance.

Improved Balance

Balance is a vital component of health as well as physical and athletic performance. It is essential for daily activities like climbing stairs or carrying heavy loads. Core stability is essential to both static and dynamic balance. To enhance balance, core exercises should be functional

Safer Everyday Movement

With a healthy and strong core, daily tasks like carrying groceries, picking up your children and walking up any flight of stairs, are easier and less likely to result in an injury. You have better control of your muscles and you are more capable of finding your center of balance. In addition, You being able to rely on a stable and strong core will make it less likely that you’ll overwork and overtax other muscles.

Starting Your Training or Coaching Career in 2020

Before personal trainers or sports coaches develop any exercise program, their client must have a strong and functional core foundation to eliminate or reduce any chance of injury while improving performance. A strong core is essential for power transfer from the lower to the upper body, and upper to lower body, during all physical activities.

A weak core, and lack of understanding of how core function affects movement and sports performance, will lead to diminished results and more injuries. After successful completion of the Core Conditioning Specialist training, you will be able to assess a client’s needs as it relates to the core, and properly design an effective program customized for them.

Check out what it takes to start a career in personal fitness training. This is your most affordable and fastest way to become a highly qualified personal trainer.

There is always something exciting about earning a new training or coaching certification and applying that new knowledge of how you train your clients. This also helps you hit the reset button.

NESTA and Spencer Institute coaching programs are open to anyone with a desire to learn and help others. There are no prerequisites.

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