Let’s give a round of applause to our strong bellies! As it turns out, the core (muscles around the abs, back, and pelvis) can keep the body moving and grooving at its highest potential. We have core stability and strength to thank for enjoying daily activities without a problem. Since our cores are pretty awesome, we’re taking a closer look at how core stability and strength can affect our kiddos in their everyday lives.
What’s Core Got to do with it?
When we talk about core stability and strength, we want to make it clear that our tummy muscles are fundamental for completing tasks throughout the day. Remember that the entire body is connected, so a problem in one part could result in issues in another. The core is at the center of it all!
A kiddo with a weaker core can struggle with fine and gross motor skills. They may also experience poor balance and posture in addition to low endurance as a result. If you notice your child slouching at the computer, weakened core strength could be to blame. W-sitting is also more likely to occur, which can host problems of its own. It’s best to pay attention to a weak core and work on improving its strength. This way, your kiddo can avoid discomfort down the road.
The Story of a Weak Core
For kids with a weakened core, why is this happening in the first place? Certain conditions such as developmental delays or hypotonia can result in low stability and weakened strength in the trunk area. For some kids, they tend to engage in sedentary activities for long periods of time. Perhaps, they prefer activities such as TV or playing videogames over going outside. The key is certainly moderation. It’s crucial to make sure that other active activities have a place in the daily schedule too. Besides, our bodies were meant to move!
Are You Up to Improving Core Stability & Strength?
Even for those with a strong core, it’s essential to maintain that stability and strength. It doesn’t take 100 crunches every day to create a well-rounded core. In fact, the very best way to keep a core strong and tight is as simple as moving the whole body. For kids, this might be going outside and running around or playing a favorite sport. You can participate in the fun too as your little one’s role model. The core works hard to hold you up and keep you balanced as play happens. As long as it’s fun, your kiddo is certain to make the most of it. For toddlers, scheduling sessions of tummy time throughout the day is essential for building upon their core muscles.
Should you want to practice certain exercises with them that specifically target the core area, you can also check out these moves. However, concerns about core stability and strength should be brought up with a doctor who can refer you to a physical therapist. Physical therapists have the best tools and insight for making sure that your kiddo is moving in ways that are beneficial long-term. Plus, you’ll want to catch problems early before they become harder to improve. Know that there are always resources should you need them, but for now, go get out there and play!
We’re all about loving the core, improving its strength, and having fun in the process. Reach out today if your kiddo could benefit from physical therapy.