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The Importance of Having Core Strength
A flat and toned belly is one of the most common fitness goals among gym-goers everywhere. Aside from the coveted look, a slim and solid core provides your entire body with the strength it needs to perform basic functions and live well. In this post we’ll discuss the added benefits of having a strong core and the exercises you can do to get one.
You use your core every day.  Each time you sit, stand, jump or squat, you’re engaging your core muscles, the very muscles that help you perform these movements. In a Harvard HEALTHbeat article, your core muscles are described as “the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body.”
Your core is made up of several muscle groups: the upper abs, the obliques, the pelvis, the lower back and the hips. By strengthening these areas, you can improve your posture, balance and stability all while shedding belly fat. In addition, your inner core muscles will become tighter, essentially acting like a corset in supporting your spine. Good balance and a well-supported spine help your body carry its own weight  and relieve pressure on the joints in your lower body. A healthy spine also means you’re less likely to suffer from chronic low-back pain. 
Incorporating core strengthening into your fitness routine can help you improve physical performance and correct posture imbalances, too. Recreational activities like biking, golfing, and swimming are all powered by a strong core. Good posture helps contribute to a healthy back and neck, allows you to breathe deeper, and gives you improved confidence. 
If you’re ready to reap the benefits of a toned tummy, you may need to look beyond standard sit-ups and crunches. Trade in these basic exercises for more challenging ones that are designed to engage all the muscles of the core. Not sure where to start? Try Pilates, a popular fitness system that focuses on core strengthening, body alignment and balancing techniques. It’s a great way to introduce stability to your current workout regimen. Some movements include leg circles and crisscrosses, which not only help with your core strength, but with your flexibility as well. Check out this list of Pilates studios in Pennsylvania. 
If you’d rather travel the more traditional route, you can sculpt a trim, toned midsection with these exercises that you can perform at home or at the gym: 
Plank
Side plank
Superman
Bridge
Push-ups
Oblique twist (Russian twist)
These exercises allow your core muscles to work together as a unit, contracting and releasing all at once. If having toned abs and increased core strength is your goal this summer, why not start today? Remember to consult your physician before jumping in to any new fitness regimen. 
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The Importance of Having Core Strength

A flat and toned belly is one of the most common fitness goals among gym-goers everywhere. Aside from the coveted look, a slim and solid core provides your entire body with the strength it needs to perform basic functions and live well. In this post we’ll discuss the added benefits of having a strong core and the exercises you can do to get one.

You use your core every day.  Each time you sit, stand, jump or squat, you’re engaging your core muscles, the very muscles that help you perform these movements. In a Harvard HEALTHbeat article, your core muscles are described as “the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body.”

Your core is made up of several muscle groups: the upper abs, the obliques, the pelvis, the lower back and the hips. By strengthening these areas, you can improve your posture, balance and stability all while shedding belly fat. In addition, your inner core muscles will become tighter, essentially acting like a corset in supporting your spine. Good balance and a well-supported spine help your body carry its own weight  and relieve pressure on the joints in your lower body. A healthy spine also means you’re less likely to suffer from chronic low-back pain.

Incorporating core strengthening into your fitness routine can help you improve physical performance and correct posture imbalances, too. Recreational activities like biking, golfing, and swimming are all powered by a strong core. Good posture helps contribute to a healthy back and neck, allows you to breathe deeper, and gives you improved confidence.

If you’re ready to reap the benefits of a toned tummy, you may need to look beyond standard sit-ups and crunches. Trade in these basic exercises for more challenging ones that are designed to engage all the muscles of the core. Not sure where to start? Try Pilates, a popular fitness system that focuses on core strengthening, body alignment and balancing techniques. It’s a great way to introduce stability to your current workout regimen. Some movements include leg circles and crisscrosses, which not only help with your core strength, but with your flexibility as well. Check out this list of Pilates studios in Pennsylvania.

If you’d rather travel the more traditional route, you can sculpt a trim, toned midsection with these exercises that you can perform at home or at the gym:

These exercises allow your core muscles to work together as a unit, contracting and releasing all at once. If having toned abs and increased core strength is your goal this summer, why not start today? Remember to consult your physician before jumping in to any new fitness regimen.

A healthy lifestyle starts with making healthy choices, like choosing the right health insurance. Get with the plan and choose Geisinger Choice health insurance today. Get a quote now to get the coverage you need. 

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