A strong core is essential for maintaining proper muscle balance throughout the entire human movement system, technically known as the kinetic chain. Perhaps another way to think of the core of your body is like the foundation of a house. You cannot build the house until you first build the foundation. The foundation must be developed first to provide a stable platform for components of the house to be built upon. The core is the beginning point for movement and the center of gravity for the body. An efficient core allows for acceleration, deceleration and stabilization during dynamic movements, as well as the prevention of possible injuries. Core exercises strengthen your core muscles, including your back, abs and pelvis. There are many benefits to core strengthening exercises such as, stabilizing your center of gravity, prevention of back injuries, prevention of falling, improves balance and posture, improves performance during exercises and sports activities, and makes everyday tasks such as lifting heavy objects easier.

Here are some basic core exercises you can do at home: Floor Crunches, Reverse Floor Crunches, Planks, Push ups and balancing on one leg for 30 seconds then the other. To make sure you are doing your core and balance exercises correctly, safely and effectively, consult a certified fitness trainer to give you proper instruction.

By incorporating core and balance exercises in your weekly fitness routine and making them a part of your lifestyle you will likely save yourself from needing the aid of a cane, walker or a motorized cart to move you once you reach your senior years. The old saying “if you don't use it, you will lose it” is not just an old saying.

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