Where is the core exactly, and why do I need a strong one?
Rectus abdominus may sound like something you’d find in Jurassic Park, but it’s actually the name of the muscles that form the sought-after six pack. The ones most people think of when you mention the word ‘core’.
As the name suggests, though, your core goes much deeper than just your abs. It’s the most important muscle group in the body – an interior support network around your pelvis, spine and ribs – and it plays a critical role in most everyday activities.
Your core muscles activate before just about any movement – whether you’re scooping up your toddler, bending down to pick up a £10 note, pulling an emergency stop, or even just sitting on the toilet. So it’s crucial to keep them in good shape.
The benefits of a strong core:
- Better posture
- Less lower back pain
- Improved mobility
- Injury prevention
- Improved sports performance
Personal trainer and LIFT guru Emma Taylor says: “Strong core muscles make day-to-day activities as well as sporting activities much easier. A strong core can help increase energy levels, increase endurance and reduce the likelihood of injuries. A strong core can also help improve posture as well as reduce lower back pain.”
How to get started
A great way to start strengthening your core – slowly and safely – is with Meglio’s specially designed LIFT exercises. Developed in collaboration with Emma, these exercises are easy to follow and portioned into bite-sized chunks, to fit into your day at a time that suits you.