The core is an incredibly important part of the body for just about all movement and activities. But what exactly makes up “the core?” It is often considered to be the abdominal muscles, but this isn’t the full story. The core is formed by more than just your “six pack.” It includes: the diaphragm, the pelvic floor muscles and several abdominal muscles (the transverse abdominis, obliques and rectus abdominis). These muscles work together to regulate pressure in the abdominal cavity and generate tension in order to create a stable and sturdy center from which the rest of your body can generate strength and move.
Core strength is affected by your breathing, pelvic floor function and neuromuscular coordination. This is part of why breath work is often combined with an exercise. Whatever activities you participate in during the day will require a solid and strong core to function as a foundation of stability, strength and balance. However, some core exercises may be harmful for people with osteopenia and osteoporosis due to the positions they require. It is important to know which are the best core exercises for you so that you can gain better control of your movement without compromising your body.