Keeping your core fit is essential for maintaining a strong and healthy back throughout your life. Whether you want to manage a back condition, excel at a sport, or be able to move freely when you’re older, core training should be an integral part of your regular exercise program.
We all know it – sitting at a computer all day hurts your back, neck, shoulders, and wrists. And, it increases your risk of a long list of very unpleasant illnesses including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The warning that “sitting is the new smoking” has been plastered on every health-related magazine and website.
A common muscle imbalance found in people with chronic lower back or hip pain is tightness of a group of muscles called the “hip flexors.” For the anatomy geeks among you; the three main hip flexors are called the psoas, iliacus and rectus femoris (part of your quadriceps muscles).