You’ve probably heard that your ‘core’ muscles are important, but what actually are these muscles and why are they so important?
The core muscles are made up of your deepest abdominal muscles. They include the transversus abdominis that is located at the front of the trunk, the pelvic floor muscles, the diaphragm and the multifidus muscles in your lower back.
When you engage the core, these muscles work in unison. You can think of it as putting on a corset. The corset helps to support you around your centre as you move your arms and legs, just as the core muscles do. They can help to maintain the natural curve of the spine and are important for supporting the lower back.
You shouldn’t just think of engaging your core when you exercise, but also as go about your daily activities. Engaging your core creates more power and strength through the limbs, making movements easier.