Core health is the gateway to spine health.
On its own, your spine—a collection of fragile vertebrae and some jelly-like discs between each of them—is not a strong, stabilizing structure. Instead, the core muscles that surround it play a pivotal part in maintain your healthy structure and protecting your spine from injury.
If you do not care for your core, you can actually accelerate your body’s aging process by placing unnecessary strain on the joints and muscle groups that forced to compensate for your weak core.
Your injury prevention plan should incorporate core strengthening exercises that address:
- Inner Core Muscles – They might be out of sight, but they won’t stay out of mind for long. You should exercise your transverse abdominus (the muscles underneath your outer abdominal muscles), your multifidus (the muscle around your spine that links vertebrae together), and your pelvic floor (which help to stabilize your spine and also affect bladder control).
- Outer Core Muscles – They aren’t just for looks. Your latissimus dorsi, your gluteus maximus, you’re your oblique abdominals all help to protect and secure your fragile body as it moves.