Everyone wants a strong core and 6 pack abs right? Truth is, we ALL have a 6 pack abs, many of us just have it hidden under a layer or two of fat. We've all heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen.” Well, I hate to tell you, but this is the truth. If you want to reveal those abs, you're going to have to clean up your diet.
There is also a difference between working your core and working your abs. When you you’re your core, you’re also hitting areas on your back side, including the lower back and your glutes. That being said, however, even exercises that isolate your abs alone won’t give you a 6-pack. If the diet isn’t on, it doesn’t matter if you do 1000 crunches a day.
There are benefits to having a strong core, that don't involve having a 6 pack. There are reasons aside from appearance, that you should be working hard on improving your core strength, and start now, because as we age, it only becomes more difficult.
Why should we want a strong core?
Primarily, balance and posture. Better core strength equals better balance. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles.” Not only is this beneficial for sports, but as we age, it's incredibly important to maintain good balance to prevent major falls and injuries. Having a stronger core supports your spine and therefore, also facilitates better posture.