Core is the centre of the body where the wondered six pack abs lies hidden beneath the fat. The abs, hips and lower back together are known as core. Strong core is essential to do strength training, lift heavy weights, do any moving work faster and easily. Core brings a balance in the body and stabalizing it while aligning it as well for greater work efficiency. Therefore it becomes important to give priority to strengthening your core before you move on to any other fitness training. Most of the times we neglect exercising our core maybe thats also another reason behind increasing number of back pains amongst young people.
Strengthening the core improves the strength and athletic ability and reduces injury on lower back and midsection. Core comprises of pelvic, rectus abdomins(Abs), tranverse abdominis, internal and extarnal obliques and multifidus which is the deep muscles of the back. You must have seen people do crunches to build their abs but that is a half-hearted effort towards getting it right. You want a stronger and more defined core you need to work the whole section.
Here are some exercise to strengthen your core including your six pack abs (more…)— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
Exercise Ball Exercises
Exercise ball or often called as swiss ball is made of soft elastic which can be used to perform exercises for physical therapy, training and exercise. Swiss ball adds an edge to regular exercises like crunches by increasing the intensity on the core and strengthening the muscles in the abs and back including the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, internal/external obliques and the erector spinae.
Exercise ball makes a person balance himself on it and doing a exercise on it increases the intensity of the exercise. When you sit on the ball the abs and legs contract to avoid falling giving a better balance and alignment.