Think of your core muscles as the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body. Whether you’re swinging a golf club or sweeping some the floor, the basic fundamental movements stem from your core, and move through it.
Regardless if the movement starts at the base with a kick, or at the top by reaching for a high shelf; the core will always need to play a role. If the core muscles are weak, it can cause limit how well your upper and lower body can perform basic functions. This limitation can cause you to exert more energy than needed.
A strong core enhances balance and stability. It can help prevent falls and injuries during sports or other activities. In fact, a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do.
Regular Day Acts
Getting out of bed involves your core to be activated. You are doing a literal “sit-up” and then rotating yourself to the edge of the bed. Having your feet make contact with the floor, and pressing down so you can stand up right, involves your core. This is an activity we do everyday.
Bending down to tie your shoes, reaching up to retrieve something from a cabinet, walking up stairs, and transitioning from sitting to standing, all involve core strength.
These are just a few of the many mundane actions that rely on your core and that you might not notice until they become difficult or painful from inactivity.
Warehouse jobs or jobs that require manual labor such as, lifting, twisting, and moving, all rely on core muscles.
But less obvious tasks, like sitting at your desk for hours, engage your core as well. Typing, computer use, opening and closing file cabinets and similar work can make back muscles surprisingly stiff and sore, particularly if you’re not strong enough to practice good posture and aren’t taking sufficient breaks.
As you’ve probably realized, we use our core in every and all aspects of our daily routines. This doesn’t mean you should do a 100 crunches every night to maintain this strength. No, not at all. It means you should be a little more aware of them.
In these mundane settings, the best way to preserve your core and prevent any aches and pains, is to be mindful of your posture. To have your spine evenly aligned and not putting excess pressure on one are of your back or body.
This will help ease the strain of the daily routines.