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When you hear the word core you probably think of your rectus abdominis muscles, otherwise known as a “six pack,” but your core is made up of many more important muscles than that. In fact your core is made up of numerous types of muscles all working together to help you with your daily functions such as breathing and providing posture and stability. This is to help you with things like not falling over when walking, tipping over backwards or swaying side to side uncontrollably. Your abdominal muscles are located in the front of your body between your pelvis and ribs and some muscles from your back combine with these to create your core. Obtaining a strong core is more beneficial than just having a beach body, it allows you to be able to function and live freely without a continuous struggle to keep moving.
What Muscles make up your core?
Your trapezius muscle runs lateral to your shoulders and vertical from your head to the lower back and connects laterally to the clavicle, the abdomen, and scapular spine. It gives you the ability to look at the world around you as it assists with rotating your neck and head. Your trapezius also helps with whole body lateral flexion, allowing you to move from side to side. It is important to exercise this muscle because a lack of strength and range of motion can lead to kyphotic postural deviation. The kyphotic postural deviation is when your spine will start to curve inward, making your upper back rounded and results in poor posture from the lack of stability and will create pain in your back.