Updated: Aug 2, 2022
Here's the scoop. You already have a 6-pack. That’s right, you read that correctly. However, for most of us, we can’t see the definition of these muscles because they are under layer(s) of tissue and fat. Being able to see the definition of these muscles requires hard work and consistency both with your diet and exercise.
That being said, that’s not why I’m writing this today. I’m writing this, so that you understand the importance of having a strong core that has ABS-solutely (see what I did there!?) nothing to do with a visible 6-pack or aesthetics and everything to do with living a healthy, happy, pain-free life.
Let’s take a look at my top 6 reasons why having a strong core is essential for all of us, regardless of age, gender and lifestyle.
1. Everyday tasks made easier
We don’t realize how much we require good core strength for things we do every day; cleaning, grocery shopping, and pretty much anything requiring us to lift or lower things/objects.
2. Improved posture
A strong core will improve your posture, both while standing and sitting. Using proper posture will improve blood flow, and support your muscles, ligaments and tendons. Over time, people who practice good posture are less likely to experience back and neck pain.
3. Better balance
Good balance can help you move more freely and confidently. None of us want to be the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man. Do we?
4. Increased stability
Stability is so important for overall fitness and injury prevention. Having good stability will lower your risk of overuse injuries, and can also help prevent accidents leading to acute injuries.
5. Improved form during exercise
Yes! A strong core can help improve your form during exercise - and not only that, it also helps prevent injury during exercise and allows you to lift heavier weights safely.
6. Helps reduce/eliminate back pain
I have never met someone who has not at some point in their life, experienced back pain. For some people back pain is caused from an accident or other injury, others it’s simply the result of poor posture and movement patterns over a long period of time. Back pain, to put it simply, sucks. So, let’s get the core strengthened so you can start living your life!
Now here is the good news. You can improve the strength of your core in as little as 10 minutes per day, if you consistently train it. I’ve created a fun, engaging 10 Day Core Challenge that will do just that. It's on sale right now for just $10! You can read more about it here.