The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they hear the word “abs” is a chiseled 6 pack stomach. Most of us relate that image of abs with looking thin and sexy, but besides having a 6 pack that looks lean and sexy, have you ever wondered if there is a significant importance to having a strong core?
Your abs are much more important than you think and in this article, The HIIT Club helps us understand why having a strong core is important for everyone (not just boxers)!
Abs Are Important for Balance!
Did you know that without a strong core you would’t have good balance? That’s right, without abdominal strength you would have a hard time doing simple things such as sitting, standing and walking. This is because your center of gravity is located at your sacrum (roughly just below your belly button), which is why your abs play an important role in keeping you balanced at your center of gravity.
To improve your balance and strengthen your abs, try sitting on an exercise ball and roll your hips forward, backward and side to side. Make sure to contract (pull your stomach inward) during these motions.
Abs Are Important for Posture!
You abs help keep your back in good posture because they are attached to your spine and pelvis. Oftentimes, back pain occurs when your back is not supported in the correct posture by your abdominal and back muscles. Incredibly, back pain accounts for billions of dollars in healthcare costs each year and yet, so many people fail to make that correlation between abs and back pain and don’t realize that one of the best (and free) ways to prevent back pain is to strengthen your abs!
It really takes constant and conscious effort to sit (or stand) in good posture and even if you can successfully accomplish this, you still need to have abdominal and back endurance to maintain it. So take a quick second to assess your current sitting (or standing) position. I bet most of us are sitting or standing in a slouched/slumped position therefore, in order to sit with good posture, you should have a slight inward curve on your back with your ears directly over your shoulders. It takes practice to master this posture so that it because second nature, but the benefits of doing so are tremendous.
Something you could do to strengthen your abs while watching TV or working on the computer is to use an exercise ball as your chair. Go ahead, give it a try, and you will surely notice an improvement!
Exercise Your Abs!
Now that we have covered the importance of your abs we hope you have gained a better understanding and we encourage you to integrate abdominal strengthening in your regular strength training routine. Abs should be trained just like any other muscle; we recommend 8 to 12 repetitions, 3 times a week. Boxing is a great way to strengthen your abs because it incorporates all of the most effective ab exercises. To learn the best and most effective ab exercises, please contact The HIIT Club. We offer daily group classes and one-on-one personal training as well, we hope to see you soon!