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Healthier Me: Core Muscles

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In Tuesday's Healthier Me, if you've ever wondered where movie stars and fitness gurus get their great abs, experts say they probably come from working on the core muscles.


What's the difference between the core and the abs?

Keeping fit means moving, but there's a whole different routine if you're looking to strengthen your body and define your muscles. Fitness experts say to work the core muscles, and a lot of times people think when you say core, you mean abs. That's not the case; abs are actually just one section of the core muscle group.


Fitness Coach Gerald Burley, Coach G Fitness: "The core is the foundation of our house, and it's a group of muscles all working together. [...] It provides us with stability and helps us with every motion we do, but when we think about abs, we are really thinking about a few muscles that only work in one direction."

Core strength includes the muscles of your trunk-- both stomach and back-- and their ability to support your spine and keep your body stable. It's important to work all  these muscles, because when the core muscles are weak, there's an imbalance.  That imbalance can lead to back pain, muscles spasms, and other injuries, so it's very important to work more than your abs.

Burley: "If you only isolate one muscle, you are hurting yourself because you are not going to be very stable; you are not going to have strength, and you'll be lacking flexibility."

Remember, your exercise routine should be goal-oriented, especially if you're a first-timer; your goal must be realistic relative to your starting point and measurable in a way that you will see your progress.


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