by Todd Scott
Core strength is a very important part of human health. Without it, you simply wouldn't be able to hold it all together- literally. Your core is important because it supports your stomach and back muscles. What happens when your core is not strong? You end up in pain, which seems to only get worse over time. A weak core leads to poor posture and shooting pains up and down your spine. Oftentimes, it can also lead to subluxations and create need for a chiropractor or physical therapy.
There are quite a few people who currently see these types of therapists everyday because they have not taken proper care of themselves. Most would assume that exercise is a choice. You only exercise because you want to lose weight and get into shape, right? Absolutely not. Without exercise, particularly abdominal workouts, you're going to end up feeling like crap. The nice, firm, outer core is just an added benefit to what abdominal crunches do for the body.
When you perform a crunch, it's best to do so very slow. You want to make sure above all else that you maintain the proper form. It's not so much about how much you do or how quickly you perform as it is how you perform the exercise itself. If you're only doing 10 crunches correctly, then you had better believe that your body is feeling it. However, if you're doing 50, but only doing them halfway, you're bringing yourself more harm than good. When doing floor crunches, you want to always make sure that the small of your back stays on the floor. The reason why this is so important is because it allows you to directly engage your core.
A lot of people think that engaging their entire body is required to obtain a strong core.
That is not necessarily correct. You only need to focus on your abdominal muscles and really focus on creating a full, accurate, and steady movement. If you're a beginner, you can probably get by with only doing 15 crunches per day, provided that you are performing a full crunch.
It's very easy for a person's core to become out of shape. Just look at the way some people stand, walk, and sit. Without noticing it, you're also probably guilty of slouching and not standing up straight. Do you have headaches and frequent neck pain? Your core is to blame. What about shooting pains in your lower back? Blame it on not getting enough exercise.
You see, just about every physical ailment concerning the back can be corrected when performing exercises that involve engagement of the core muscles. The abdomen is located in the center of the body, making it one of the most important core areas. When you read about exercises that have to do with the abdomen, you will likely always find information declaring that you cannot have a strong back without a tight abdomen, and vice versa.
A person's health in general improves drastically once they start exercising. Strength develops and mood also increases. With all of that hard works comes better self-esteem. It's easy to see that exercising the body is one of the best things anyone can do for themselves overall.
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