It’s Fitness Friday! Melinda and Elizabeth of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) answer this week’s question:
Q. How important is it to focus on strengthening the core?
Strengthening the core muscles is very important. Why? The core muscles support balance and a stable foundation for daily activities. A strong core reduces the risk of low back pain and helps maintain good posture. With a strong core you are able to move more efficiently, whether it is with daily activity or exercising.
When performing sit-ups always make sure your pelvis is tilted back (your back will be flat on the floor). Really focus on keeping your back flat on the floor. If the back arches (even slightly), the back muscles will “kick in” and your abdominals won’t be working as hard.
Some other great core strengthen exercises include lunges, squats and planks. Keeping your abs engaged during these exercises is very important. While doing these exercises visualize pulling your belly button to your spine.
– Melinda and Elizabeth