September 9, 2022
All physical movement we take or engage with stems from our core. Whenever our clients learn how to connect to their core muscles more deeply, it is a life-changing deal for them. Thus, there is tremendous power in having a strong core. You automatically feel more pulled together, stronger, and more confident–not just in how you look, but also in how you feel. It is a grounding and stabilizing experience.
A stronger core improves many aspects of your bodily health including your posture, circulation, digestive system, and blood flow to your brain. Therefore, connecting to and restoring your core is not just about the aesthetics of getting a flat stomach. It’s also about the origin of many vital bodily functions that contribute to your overall quality of life.
Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in.
5 Ways a Strong Core Will Change Your Life
1. Improved posture
We all know lousy posture as soon as we see it, but it causes more than just the problem of how it looks aesthetically. Poor posture also has severe ramifications for our body’s health–it causes issues such as rounded shoulders, back pain, joint degeneration, and spinal dysfunction.
A strong core leads to good posture, thus decreasing the stress on the spine and allowing you to breathe more deeply. This in turn makes it easier for oxygen to travel through your muscles so that they can move freely.
Standing tall can also instantly boost your confidence, thus improving your mental perception of yourself along with your physical health.
2. Easier breathing
It is well known that breathing and core stability go hand-in-hand. This is because your diaphragm is an essential core muscle, and it’s also connected to many other important core muscles such as your psoas and transverse abdominis.
Think of your diaphragm as a keystone for your surrounding core muscles. You can create internal pressure to help lengthen and support your spine when you use it properly. If your breathing is shallow, your diaphragm will inevitably weaken. When your diaphragm is underused, you will likely experience shoulder, lower back, and hip issues. Poor diaphragmatic strength can even lead to bladder issues and incontinence issues.
The good news is, these problems are all easily resolved. Focus on improving your breathing and movement patterns, while simultaneously training your body so that those deep core muscles habitually wake up and activate during normal movement without you having to think about it.
3. Increased circulation
A weak core leads to poor posture, which can also be a significant contributor to high blood pressure. This is because slouching constricts the blood flow to and from your heart.
By systematically strengthening your core muscles, you will improve your posture and thus improve the circulation of blood flowing to and from your heart to distribute oxygen and nutrients wherever your body needs them most.
4. Digestive health
One sign of a potentially weak or tight core is any otherwise-unexplained digestive health issues.
Chronically tight or weak core muscles can lead to gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, and heartburn. Too weak, and you’ll have trouble assisting your stomach and intestines in the breakdown and transport part of digestion. Too tight, and you’ll find that food and things will get stuck, leading to gas pains and constipation.
A robust and balanced core allows all the digestive muscles to operate as designed.
5. Reduced brain fog
When you take a deep breath in, your heart rate quickens slightly. As you exhale, your heart rate slows. Repeated deep breaths will naturally bring your heart rate more in sync with your breath.
Once your heart rate and breath are in sync, your brain will begin to release endorphins – chemicals that have a natural calming effect. But if you’re stuck in shallow breathing patterns, that endorphin release doesn’t happen.
It’s no coincidence that deep breathing is the groundwork for so many types of meditation. This calming effect has been studied at length–there is strong research linking meditation to the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms, as well as improved sleep and focus.
And it all comes back to the breath.
Brain fog can sometimes be the result of a larger health issue, but it also sometimes comes when we are simply over-stressed and under-oxygenated. When we slow down and deepen our breath, our whole nervous system gets to relax, allowing for more blood flow to our brain.
How’s that for miraculous?
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This mini-challenge targets the 5 most important components that help you build a strong, streamlined core. Each day, you’ll receive a set of handpicked exercises to sculpt a powerful core from the inside out! Plus, get a free 5-day pass to our exclusive coaching platform.
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