Everybody likes a nice visible 6 pack abs but there are more reasons why you should strengthen your core.
Prevent Injuries – Developing a strong core means building both core stability (those deep internal muscles close to the spine) and core strength. When you’ve got a strong core, everything else will fit into place, meaning your overall fitness will improve, making you less prone to injury down the road. A simple but effective exercise for building core stability is to draw in the abdominal muscles, hold for five breaths, and then relax. Repeat 10 times per day.
Protect your inner organs and central nervous system – Staying healthy also means protecting those vital systems below the surface. Your core is not only where your organs and central nervous system do their busy-work, it’s also where your body’s largest (and most important) veins and arteries are based. Keeping strong core muscles will help ensure everything stays protected as you move through your day. Your spinal cord is everything, but if you have pressure on it because it isn’t well supported by your core muscles, then it is going to affect your movements. It will eventually cause pain, and that will affect the quality of your life.
Strengthen your core to avoid back pain – Back pain is a common side effect of a weak core. Building core strength will help bring balance to the front and back of your body. Not engaging our core, can lead to things like compressed discs in our spine, lordosis, and sciatica.
You will feel better and feel more confident – Walking with a nice, upright posture looks much better and confident than a slumped posture.