To the core

We have all heard about core exercises, but do they really make a difference?

As people age, they can start having difficulties with activities such as lugging groceries up the stairs, or having problems with balance and coordination.  This may be helped by “core training”.  Physical therapists have studied this for years and have taught these techniques to their patients.  Core exercises are for the muscles in the abdomen, pelvis, back, and hips.

Core exercises can help balance,  can prevent back injuries, and  improve posture.  Strengthening the core muscles can help with other activities such as household and work chores, and can help with sports activities such as running or golfing.

The good news is, you don’t need any special equipment or a gym membership to do core exercises.

Three simple examples of core exercises:

Plank:  To do this, a person supports their body on their forearms and toes, while holding their body in a straight line.

plank

Bridge: This exercise strengthens the flutes,.  To do this, the person lies on the floor with their hands at their sites, their knees bent and feet flat on the floor.  They raise their hips and tighten the abdominal and buttock muscles.

bridge

Dead bug:  To do this exercise, a person lays on their back with arms straight up reaching towards the ceiling, with legs raised and knees bent at 90 degrees.  Then the right arm and left leg are lowered at the same time until hovering just above the floor.  Then the same with the other side.

dead bug

Consult with your doctor or physical therapist to see what exercises are appropriate or best for your physical condition.

 

 

 

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