After two pregnancies my abs are in desperate need of firming and strengthening in order to reach my goal of developing a “six-pack”, but although developing a “six-pack” is a great goal the abs are only part of what makes up the core. The core muscles consist of many different muscles that run the length of the torso and they all work together to stabilize the spine and pelvis. The core muscles make it possible for us to stand erect and walk around on a daily basis without collapsing. The many benefits of a strong core include improved athletic performance, reduced risk of injuries, decreased incidence of lower back pain and improved posture.
I have many issues stemming from a weak core including chronic lower back pain and terrible posture. Both of which definitely improve when I am more physically conditioned. When I am consistently following an exercise regimen my lower back hardly ever hurts but as soon as I slack off the pain comes right back. My posture is a whole other story……I have the absolute worst posture, I have to be constantly reminded to sit and stand up straight.
Chris my plank partner forgot to measure his time so I will have to update you on his improvement in my next blog. He is working toward his goal of holding the plank for 2 minutes and I am confident he will also meet his goal.