Think of your core muscles as the sturdy central link connecting your upper and lower body. The forces that propel your movements either originate in your core or transfer through it, on the way from one part of your body to another.
When you toss a ball to a dog, for example, the complete arc of the movement - known as the kinetic chain should ideally run from the ground through your legs, hips, trunk and back, shoulder, elbow and wrist in an even transfer of force.
If a kink such as a weak hip muscle is in the chain, it undercuts the strength of the movement and may start a chain of misalignments in joints and limbs that can lay the groundwork for injuries over time.
No matter where a motion starts, it ripples upward and downward to adjoining links of the chain.
Weak, tight or inflexible core muscles can impair how well your arms and leg functions and can zap power from many of the moves you make.
Properly building up your core cranks up the power as you move and enables you to go longer before fatiguing.
A strong core enhances balance and stability and can help prevent falls that may lead to bruises and fractures!
Your Health Coach,