When it comes to having a strong, healthy body and a flexible, pain-free back, you can’t do better than having a good, strong core. But what does that even mean? What, exactly, is the core? And why is it so important?
It’s common for people to associate the abdominal muscles with core strength, but your core is made up of much more than abs. There is some controversy about what is considered the core. Core muscles can be divided into two groups: (1) local muscles that help stabilize your spine, including the transversus abdominis, internal obliques, multifidi, pelvic floor and diaphragm, and (2) global muscles that assist in moving your spine, such as the rectus abdominis, external obliques, erector spinae, latissimus dorsi and various hip muscles.