From Baptist Health South Florida
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A strong midsection delivers many health benefits. But sit-ups and crunches are no longer the go-to exercise for building core strength. Most people think a strong core is having strong, toned abs, but the truth is the abdominal muscles are a very small part of the core.
The core actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis. These muscles run the entire length of the torso. When these muscles contract, they stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle and create a solid base of support, which is the key to improving performance in everyday activities.
According to the American Council on Exercise, the plank exercise is one of the top ten exercises for building core strength. Planks recruit a better balance of muscles on the front, sides and back of the body during exercise, compared to sit-ups, which target only the front muscles. The only equipment needed for the plank exercise is your own body and enough floor space to lie down on. To do the plank exercise correctly, complete the following steps:
Other key moves for a good core workout include: lunges, squats and pushups. If you are beginning your first core workout, this is a good start. If you have been doing these moves for quite some time now, remember to challenge yourself and do advanced variations of these exercises. Consult your physician before staring an exercise program.
About the Author
Georgelena Saborio is an exercise physiologist and supervisor for the Employee Fitness Department at Baptist Health South Florida, a position she has held for 10 years. Ms. Saborio received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine. At Baptist Health, she provides and oversees all fitness events and the Employee Fitness centers. She has served as a member of the Chamber South Wellness Committee for four years, assisting and providing fitness programs and education to its members and the community.
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