Why Core Training Is Essential As We Get Older
Our goal is to help you stay active and independent for as long as possible. Balance and coordination is crucial in seniors to prevent the risk of accidents and injury. By incorporating a solid core stability a strength component into your fitness routine, you are able to optimize the core muscles and reduce your risk of falls - allowing you to remain independent longer.
What Comprises Your Core
The core is comprised of the muscles all around your trunk - from your abdomen to your bum. The deepest core muscles, your transverse abdominis along with others, keep your spinal column stable and reduce shock to your vertebrate.
The next layer of your core is made up of the muscles that attach your pelvis to your spine. These muscle groups (your adductors, glutes, obliques, psoas, and more) provide stability and control while performing daily functions and moving.
There is one more component to your core, and that includes the muscle groups which connect the spine and pelvis to your extremities allowing for your most dynamic movements. Your quads, hamstrings, hip flexor complex and lats are major components of this function.
Building up a strong core, at each level, is crucial ot prevent injury and maximize your capability as you age. Generally, as we get older, we tend to lead more sedentary lifestyles. This can weaken our core which makes it even more critical to incorporate into our fitness routines.
Examples of Core Exercises You Can Do At Home
By incorporating exercises to address each of these layers of your core, we can improve posture, trunk strength, endurance, balance, spinal and functional mobility, and reduce your risk of falls.
Floor or Swiss Ball Bridge
Half-kneeling or Standing Tube Band Chops