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How Breathwork Can Strengthen Your Deep Core

Engaging your core is crucial for maintaining stability, balance, and proper posture. The core muscles, including the abdominals, obliques, pelvic floor, and lower back, serve as the foundation for all movement and support the spine. A strong core helps prevent injuries, especially in the lower back, and enhances athletic performance by improving the efficiency of movements. Core engagement also promotes better breathing and respiratory function, as the diaphragm and core muscles work together.

Here’s a quick way to engage your core throughout the day: first, inhale deeply. Purse your lips, exhale with force, and drop your ribs down. As you do this, press your fingers into your stomach; if it tightens, then you’re doing it right. If it’s not tight, imagine someone’s about to punch you in the stomach. This should help you activate the core on reflex. Once you’ve got it, keep exhaling until you’re all out of air.

The core muscles, which are primarily the abdominals, obliques, pelvic floor, and lower back, serve as the foundation for stability and movement in the body. They’re crucial for maintaining posture, preventing injury, and optimizing your physical performance.

Breath-focused exercises can help influence the way you activate your muscles and move through a workout. By integrating breath awareness and control into your workout routine, you can enhance stability, improve movement quality, and elevate your overall fitness level.

 Benefits of a Strong Core

- Improved Posture: A strong core helps maintain proper posture by supporting the spine and pelvis, reducing the risk of slouching and back pain.

- Enhanced Stability and Balance: Core strength is essential for stability, which aids in maintaining balance and coordination during various activities.

- Injury Prevention: A strong core provides better support for the entire body, reducing the likelihood of injuries, especially in the lower back and joints.

- Better Athletic Performance: Core strength enhances overall athletic performance by improving the efficiency of movements and allowing for more powerful and controlled actions.

- Increased Flexibility: A well-developed core helps maintain the flexibility of the surrounding muscles, making it easier to perform a wide range of motions.

- Improved Breathing: Strengthening the core muscles can aid in better breath control, leading to improved oxygen intake and respiratory efficiency.

- Enhanced Mental Focus: Engaging the core requires concentration and control, which can translate to better mental focus and mindfulness in daily activities.

If you are looking to strengthen your core, book an appointment with one of our kinesiologists today! 


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