Smart Woman: Building Your Abs and Working Your Core

Published 03/06 2014 05:41PM

Updated 03/06 2014 09:48PM

Keeping fit means moving, but if you are looking to strengthen your body and define your muscles, that's a whole different routine.

Fitness experts say work the core muscles. A lot of times people think when you say core, you mean abs and that's not the case. Abs are actually just one section of the core muscle group.

"When we think about the core, the core is the foundation of our house. And it's a group of muscles all working together. And it provides us with stability and helps us with every motion we do. But when we think about abs, we are really thinking about a few muscles that only work in one direction."

Core strength includes the muscles of your trunk -- both stomach and back -- and their ability to support your spine and keep your body stable. And it's important to work all  these muscles because when the core muscles are weak there's an imbalance. That imbalance can lead to back pain, muscles spasms, and other injuries. So work more than your abs.

"If you only isolate one muscle, you are hurting yourself because you are not going to be very stable, you are not going to have strength and you'll be lacking flexibility."

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