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Getting to the 'core' of the problem

June 24, 2015
By Annie Norman , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Your core supports your body and provides the stability it needs to perform activities safely. Having a strong core improves your balance, helps you maintain your posture, and is one of the best defenses against low back pain. Your core provides the foundation for all your movement, everything from working out to doing chores to simply sitting.

When people think of their core, they often picture abdominal muscles, but there is much more to the core than just the abdominals. The muscles of your core include the back extensors, the lateral trunk muscles, abdominals and hip muscles, all the muscles around your trunk. When you engage your core, you should think of creating a solid ring of muscles around your trunk.

Exercises, such as the bridge, plank, side plank, superman and bird dog, are all great ways to work on your core. Introducing instability into your workout is another way to increase your core strength. Doing crunches on an exercise ball forces you to engage your core to stabilize yourself through the activities.

Make sure that any workout routine you begin, you do it safely. Speak with your doctor or an exercise professional if you are unsure or have any questions.

--Dr. Annie Norman DC is employed at Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center at 7130 Estero Blvd. (Suite #1). As a chiropractor, Dr. Norman believes in providing patients with a natural, drug-free approach to health care, helping patients on their path to wellness. With her expertise in nutrition and sports science, she also provides advice in diet and exercise, using them with chiropractic care to keep the body in balance and functioning optimally. You can reach her at 463-1640.



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