So you have spent countless days scouring the web for exercises to remove that “belly flab” and get those washboard abs in a week. You then followed a strict gym plan, making sure not to miss a single day, as you moved from one exercise plan to the next. A month goes by and you can see small improvements but nothing major. 3 months go by and you start to feel incredibly despondent.
These days due to the advancements in technology and the idea of everything being available at literally a click of a button, we can quickly become demotivated at the amount of time that actually goes into improving our bodies. Whether it’s getting rid of that beer belly or losing those love handles (who have become quite comfortable with your hips) – getting into shape doesn’t happen overnight.
Yep, although it isn’t often mentioned within downloaded fitness programs and sometimes even ignored by personal trainers, core strengthening is one of the most important methods of seeing improvement!
Who would have thought that holding your core during exercise was that important. Whether it’s a bicep curl, a box jump or a squat, your core is your bodies foundation, as the core assists with movement, balance and stability. Many people neglect the importance of strengthening their core and this is a major reason that they see slower progression when building and toning their muscles. An aerobics class may burn those calories and greatly assist in getting rid of that excess fat, but core strengthening focuses on building and toning the underlying muscles – which will not only improve your overall physical capabilities, but help define those muscles you have been working so hard on seeing.
So how do you hold your core?
Well it’s really as simple as tightening and pulling in the muscles around your belly button and holding them during each exercise in your normal routine. This may sound like a basic thing to do, but even I sometimes need to focus on holding my core, as it’s a concept that if not practiced can easily be forgotten during exercise.
Using this method within my training routine, I can honestly say I started seeing changes pretty soon after, but of course everyone is different so don’t feel despondent if it takes a little longer! Once you have the hang of it, holding your core will become habit.
Let me know whether you are using this technique and how it has helped you to strengthen your body. If you have not used this technique before, I challenge you to start today and let me know whether you see and feel the improvement.
Don’t forget – your core is your foundation!