Lower Back Pain Episode 6: Core Strengthening Exercises
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What do core exercises do?
Well, if you google it, this is what it says:
Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles.
With that being said, let’s put that into lower back pain terms why don’t we. Low back pain — a debilitating, sometimes excruciating problem affecting four out of five people at some point in their lives (NOT FUN) — may be PREVENTED by exercises that promote well-balanced, strong core muscles. When back pain strikes, a regimen of core exercises is often prescribed to relieve it, coupled with medications, physical therapy, or other treatments IF NECESSARY. BUT, let’s just stick with the exercises today because IF you can prevent the meds, PT and other treatments, why not. RIGHT?!
Core exercises are designed to condition the back and abdominal muscles surrounding the spine. Remember, from Episode 3, it’s not just your ABS. They are meant to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle. The focus of core exercises is to aim at improving the core performance by utilizing motor patterns that challenge the core, butt, & chest. Stability, Strength, Endurance, Coordination, Safety. Think of your core muscles as the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body. It’s not about REPS, it’s about CONTROL with these type of exercises.
Take a look at the video below, the internet was a bit sketchy in the first part but I recorded the exercises which come in at about 8 minutes or so of the video.
That was a flipping awesome class and I would definitely do it again. I actually had fun! YES, I said it. the exercises WERE FUN!! Knowing I was challenging myself all while improving my core strength and working on PREVENTING any further back issues was actually a great feeling to me.
Core exercises should DEFINITELY be a part of your exercise routine. You can do most of the workouts with just your body weight! They’re not just a good workout for your abdominal muscles, they also benefit your physical health in more ways than you can imagine. They improve flexibility, strengthen abs and the entire body, reduce lower back problems, and promote breathing and lung capacity. Oh, and they KICK your BUTT for sure!!
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