Having strong core muscles are essential to a strong body and being able to get around pain free in the golden years.
When we think about muscles, we tend to often focus on those that people easily flex to show off, such as the biceps or triceps. But our bodies are made up of an important region of muscles that is essential to proper function and healthy living. These muscles are referred to as the “core muscles.” The core muscles, according to the Mayo Clinic, are those that make up the abdomen, lower back and pelvis. They are essential to having good balance and stability. Building these muscles can have big impacts and long-lasting effects.
Getting and keeping them strong
Not having good core muscles can lead to problems, especially lower back pain. If someone has been in the hospital or has been inactive, even for several weeks, he or she can experience a deconditioning of the muscles, which equates to losing muscle mass each day. According to Diabetes in Control, building strong core muscles helps to build stronger bodies that are less prone to injuries, better for posture, and improve one’s balance.
While doing abdominal crunches are a well-known core muscle-building activity, it may not be all that practical for your parent to do. No need to worry, there are plenty of easy-to-do chair exercises for core strengthening that your parent can engage in on a regular basis.
Core strengthening chair exercises
The lower back muscles, being part of the core area, often give people a lot of pain if they are inactive, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. There are exercises that your parents can engage in that involve them lying on a bed or sitting in a chair. Both options can help strengthen the core muscle area. Here are a few suggestions on what to do:
Doing core exercises is very important for the elderly. Strong core strength can help them avoid falling, hip fractures, lower back pain, and a host of other problems. Encourage your parents to engage in core strengthening exercises each day.