Why working your core is important – even during pregnancy!

April 29, 2014|Posted in: Health, Workouts

Many years ago before I was educated on health and fitness I remember someone asking me if I do any core exercises.  I honestly didn’t really have a clue what they were talking about.  Why would I need to worry about my core?  I just wanted to run and maintain my weight.  What does my core have to do with it?  I’ve learned a lot since then.

Your core is the stable point of your body.  I look at it as a table or chair.  You wouldn’t want a chair without stable legs would you?  It’s the same concept with your core.  Sometimes you can survive with some legs on a chair that are a little off or not quite stable but it doesn’t make the chair what it could be.  It’s the same concept.  You need that stability to keep your body at its best and to get the best positive impact from exercise.  A stable core promotes a stable body and that is very important.

The core is the center of the body.  It keeps you in control and provides a lot of benefits.  If you have a strong core you will notice a difference in almost all the physical activities you do.  Including just every day things like picking something up or a golf swing.

The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time or equipment to work on your core.  There are things you can do at home while watching TV, traveling, or just hanging out.  A lot of people think working on your core just means doing crunches and sit ups.  While crunches and sit ups are great exercises, that’s not all you can do.  I think the best core exercise is planks.  There are so many versions you can do!  You can hold a plank while on your hands or your elbows.  You can alternate starting on your elbows, going up to your hands, and back down all while holding the plank position.  You can do side planks or any version as long as you are stabilizing your core for a period of time.

I also want to include a side note about this during pregnancy.  Many people think that you can’t work on your core during pregnancy since you can’t do crunches (pregnant women are not supposed to do exercises while lying on their backs).  Pregnant women can absolutely work their core though!  Planks are perfectly fine during pregnancy and if a pregnant woman wants to do crunches she can do some of those as well on a yoga ball while lying slanted.  I also do some kettle bell exercises that help me work my core.  Just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean I need to avoid this exercise.  In fact, I shouldn’t avoid it at all!  It’s important to keep it up so that post-baby I don’t have as much work to do to get my body back in shape.

Your core also can, and should, be engaged in other exercises as well.  Think about it even when you’re lifting weights.  Keep your core strong while you are doing that.  Doing pushups causes you to use your core.  There are so many ways you can work this exercise in to your life and I promise the benefits will pay off!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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