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Kent Probst, BS, MEd
Kent Probst is the owner of Long Healthy Life Blog
Benefits of Core Strengthening for Seniors
We hear a lot about the importance of having a strong core. When it comes to core strengthening for seniors, having a strong core is not necessarily about having six-pack abs.
A strong core means all the muscles responsible for functions of the core are strong. Core strength should be balanced. Your core should also have good flexibility or range of motion (ROM).
Your core is composed of the muscles from the rib cage to the pelvis in front and back.
The following are the core muscles and each responsible movement:
- Rectus abdominis – Trunk flexion (bend forward)
- Erector spinae – Trunk extension (standing up, bend backward)
- Internal and external obliques (abdomen) – Trunk rotation
- One side of erector spinae and rectus abdominis and obliques – Lateral flexion
- Transverse abdominis – Compression of the abdomen
- Multifidi – Spinal stability
The core is responsible for many different functions during activities of daily living that many people don’t think about.
As people age, their posture, balance and stability tend to decline. With that comes increased fall risk. The good news is that you can minimize or avoid these problems with core strengthening.
Now you can see how important core strengthening for seniors is, as well as everyone else.
A word of caution: People with osteoporosis should avoid excessive bending, twisting and compression of the spine.
If you’re having chronic back pain, consult a physician.
Core strengthening exercises should not cause pain. You should stop doing an exercise if it’s causing pain.
Core Strengthening for Seniors: The Exercises
Simple Seated Core Strengthening for Seniors- At Home
5 of the Best Core Strengthening Exercises You Can Do Everyday
You now have another piece of the puzzle to complete your plan for living a long, healthy life.
If it has been a while since you’ve done these types of exercises, start out at low intensity and volume and gradually work your way up.
As you progress, you should notice your activities of daily living getting easier.
By incorporating core strengthening into your routine, you’ll improve your quality of life by protecting your back, improving balance, posture and stability.
Do you want the benefits of a stronger core?
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