woman strengthening her core with practicing plank pose, at group yoga class.

What does core strength really mean, and why is it so important?

The most common misconception about core strength is that it merely means having strong abdominals—like the enviable washboard stomach achieved by developing your rectus abdominis muscle.

In truth, optimal core strength means having balanced flexibility, control, and power in all of the muscles in the core of your body: your abdomen, lower back, and waist. These muscles support your body in an upright posture and natural, efficient movement.

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