Core Strength and Mobility- Aren’t My Sit-Ups Enough?

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Core Strength and Mobility- Aren’t My Sit-Ups Enough?

When you are working your core, you are not only exercising the abdominal muscles but the hip, back, quad, and glute ones as well. Reza Chiropractic knows the dos and don’ts for obtaining the core strength and mobility that will have you be looking your best on the beaches of St. Petersburg, but also have you feeling great!

The Myth

It used to be thought that sit-ups were the go-to to get picture perfect abs. And now, we are seeing that this is not the case. The main reason: Sit-ups are hard on your back, by pushing your curved spine against the hard floor and working your hip flexors too hard. These are the muscles that run from the thighs to the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back tug that on the lower spine, and when too tight this can be a source of lower back discomfort.

If you are looking for results, sit-ups and crunches are not the way to get them because they only work a few muscles in your body. If you are looking to strengthen your core and have more mobility, you need to be doing more because the core goes far beyond just the abdominal muscles.

Sit-up Alternatives

Add planks to your workout routine; not only are you strengthening your core, you are also working the front, side, and back of your body in just one exercise. Yoga and Pilates classes are recommended by the experts at Reza Chiropractic because not only do they target strengthening your core through balancing and stretching but relaxation as well.

If you have back pain there are still exercises you can do to strengthen your core and improve your mobility, but it is best to consult your St. Petersburg chiropractor beforehand.

Take Advice from the Experts at Reza Chiropractic

Dr. Ghassemi prides himself on using his knowledge of anatomy and nutrition combined with the attitude of a world class trainer in order to help his patients exceed their goals. For more information on how to feel your best or to schedule an appointment with Reza Chiropractic of St. Petersburg, give us a call today at (727)-526-7700.

By |2016-08-19T16:54:51+00:00July 22nd, 2015|Athletic, Exercise, Uncategorized|