No matter what activity you participate in, your “core”
is the center of all muscle activity. Your core is much
like the middle link to a thick, sturdy chain. The upper
part of the chain is your upper body; the bottom part
of the chain is your lower body and the two are
connected at the center. A stronger core will not only
give you a stronger foundation for your upper and
lower body, it will also enhance your stability and
Everything you do, whether you know it or not, uses
your body’s core. Let’s take a look…
- Recreational activities and sports – Every single sport (football, baseball, tennis, golf and even
skiing), depends on your body’s core for strength and stability.
- Everyday movements – Simple movements like getting in/out of bed or emptying the
dishwasher require the use of your core muscles.
- Work/job tasks – Any job you perform relies on the core muscles for stability. There are some
jobs (especially ones that involve repetitive lifting) that depend on core strength and stability
more than others.
- Balance and stability – Since your core is truly the “center” of your body and supports your
body’s upper and lower extremities and spine, it is used in every single functional task you
- A healthy back – Back pain can be excruciating and tends to limit many of your activities. It is
estimated that 4 out of 5 people will experience back pain at some point in life. Strengthening the
core muscles is the “secret ingredient” to keeping your back healthy.
- Gardening and housework – Daily tasks like vacuuming, mopping a floor and making a bed all
utilize the strength of your core.
- Posture – Having a weak core can lead to poor posture, which in turn contributes to back pain.
You can see from the small list above that the core muscles play a vital role in keeping you
strong and injury free.