Signs Of Weak Core Muscles
What are the signs of weak core muscles? And what are the muscles of the core?
When we think about our deteriorating core strength, it's easy to dismiss it as a consequence of time and it being a cruel mistress. While this may have a tinge of truth, it is best to shy away from such thinking. As it takes away from the immense power you have to develop a strong healthy core. Which improves your overall quality of living 100-fold.
But first, let's make sure that the powerhouse is in tip-top shape.
Structure of The Core
So, what makes up the core?
While we might be tempted to generalize it as those envied chiseled abs. This is but a tiny piece of the puzzle. The core is made up of a plethora of muscles that work side by side to ensure full functionality.
A strong core is well toned throughout the core muscle region. Controlling posture, stabilizing joints, and providing support during movement.
It includes pelvic floor muscles, your internal and external obliques. Your rectus abdominis, and yes everything that entails six-packs. The erector spinae, glutes and multifidus. Plus your psoas and hip flexors.
So yes, it's a little complicated, but it does carry a lot of weight, literally. Making this complexity a vital part of healthy living.
Sign #1 of Weak Core Muscles: Lower Back Pain
We can all agree that lower back pain is a distasteful experience. It is however a cry for help and an indication that something is awry. One of the courses is no doubt weakened core stability. Your core muscles work together to stabilize your spine.
When weakness occurs, it results in the overworking of other muscles leading to quite a bit of strain on your lower back. To add insult to injury, well, it does make you more prone to injury. Your lumber spine becomes misaligned. Putting pressure on your discs, vertebrae, and muscles surrounding the spine.
Sign #2 of Weak Core Muscles: Poor Posture.
Good posture can be a revolutionary experience once you commit to it. It is the basis of a healthy spine, breathing, and bowel and bladder movements.
When you notice an increased frequency in slouching. It might be time to make some much-needed changes. Hunching over can put an unusual amount of strain and pressure on regions not designed to support that position for extended periods.
You might also notice a tendency to sway side to side while walking. This is another red flag for poor posture.
Sign #3 of Weak Core Muscles: Difficulty Getting Up and Down
When that couch starts to feel further than before. Suddenly you need to hold on to things in order to make the arduous journey down and up your seat. You might need your arms to steady yourself to sit or push off when standing. The culprit is most certainly weakened core muscles.
Sign #4 of Weak Core Muscles: Difficulty Standing for Long Periods
We all dread long lines. But if you cannot tolerate standing for extended periods. It might be time to start working on your endurance. Our core muscles can become inactivated and it is very critical that we go out of our way to engage them. This will greatly affect our ability to maintain upright positions.
Sign #5 of Weak Core Muscles: Decreased Balance and Stability in Your Lower Body.
Weak core muscles result in poor coordination and balance. Making it more difficult for you to do core stability exercises such as the plank. Your feet also tend to work harder. Having a direct and detrimental effect on the tissue on the bottom of your foot.
Sign #6 of Weak Core Muscles: You’re Holding Your Breath
If you have noticed a tendency to hold your breath when exercising. This might be a subtle hint of weakened core muscles. The diaphragm makes part of your deep core. When you experience low core stability or are unable to engage your core muscles correctly. The diaphragm tries to overcompensate by contracting.
Sign #7 of Weak Core Muscles: Digestion Issues
This one might be a bit surprising to you. However, slouching, especially after a meal can cause a myriad of gastrointestinal issues. Such as acid reflux. This is because slouching can at times put pressure on the abdomen and force stomach acid to defy gravity.
Additionally, constipation can also be a tell-tale sign of a weak core. Try sitting upright on the toilet instead. As a hunched-over position shuts down the anus and makes it harder for abdominal muscles to contract and successfully complete a bowel movement. With a stronger core these movements become so much better.
Know that you know some signs of weak core muscles, you may realize you have experienced some of them. While this might be disheartening. All is not lost. The journey to building core strength can be incredibly fulfilling. When you start to experience the benefits and notice the improvements. It all becomes worthwhile. And as you prepare to embark on this journey. Here are our favorite exercises to kickstart your quest.
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