Article by Amy Marturana Winderl, C.P.T. and Elizabeth Millard, C.P.T., R.Y.T.
Reviewed by Christa Sgobba, C.P.T.
Although you may think of your “core” only when you’re doing specific abs moves, you actually use these muscles all day, every day—which is why core exercises are so important. Whether you’re walking, reaching, balancing, getting up from a chair, or simply just standing upright, the muscles of your midsection are firing to keep you stable and supported in nearly every movement.
“Your core muscles are mobilized in flexion, extension, rotation, abdominal bracing, pelvic tilting, and even the way your shoulder blades move,” certified personal trainer Brian Abarca, CPT, owner of Abarca Fitness in New Jersey, tells SELF. “People usually think of abs when referring to the core, but our core is actually made up of a much more complex network of muscles found in the trunk of our body.”
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