– Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School –
According to a Harvard Medical School publication, your core muscles serve as “the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body.” Any motion from house work to sports movements originate in your core, or moves through it, so “a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do.”
The paper describes how a strong core is important for every activity, including everyday tasks, on-the-job tasks, sports and other pleasurable activities, housework, fix-it work, gardening, and balance and stability, as well as having a healthy back and overall good posture.
Importantly, “weak, tight or unbalanced core muscles can undermine you in any of these realms. And while it’s important to build a strong core, it’s unwise to aim all your efforts at developing rippling abs. Over-training abdominal muscles while snubbing muscles of the back and hip can set you up for injuries and cut athletic prowess.”