What - The area of the body which is commonly referred to as the core, is your midsection and it involves all your muscles in that area including the front, back and sides. The core includes your abdomen, erector spinae, oblique's and your lower lats. These muscles work as stabilizers for your entire body. Core training is simply doing specific exercises to develop and strengthen these stabilizer muscles. If any of these core muscles are weakened, it could result in lower back pain. keeping the muscles strong can do wonders for your posture and help give you more strength in other exercises like walking and running.
Why - You have probably noticed the big push for core training in health magazines, on social media and in gyms, some even having a specific core training class in they're timetable. Many people have office jobs and can sit for up to eight hours plus everyday at a desk with any movement, adding another hour or so to commuting and that adds up to a lot of sitting, prolonged sitting and no exercise weakens the muscles of your midsection. The fitness industry as a whole has recognized this and is trying to teach people how important a strong core is. Keeping the torso strong is important because its the body's centre of power.
Who - Core training is for EVERYONE! It doesn't matter what age you are or what ability you are at. It is so important to maintain a healthy core because it is just one of the things that will be an advantage to your later life and lets face it we all would like to make those golden years a bit easier for ourselves when we want to get out the armchair or pick up the grandchildren, get one step ahead and start preparing now. Plus we all want a flat lean mid section at one point in our lives. It can be as simple as doing just 3 core exercises a day.
So if you would like some tips and exercises on your core drop me a message and I will be happy to help.