Core stability relates to the bodily region bounded by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm and its ability to stabilise the body during movement.
In practice core stability is essential for the maintenance of an upright posture and especially for movements and lifts that require extra effort such as lifting a heavy weight from the ground to a table. Without core stability the lower back is not supported from inside and can be injured by strain caused by the exercise.
On a personal level, since the age of 12 my lower back had been weak causing me much pain into adulthood. But thanks to a career change into the health & fitness industry with many hours learning and teaching core stability techniques my posture has completely changed and now stand upright with purpose & without pain.
One of the best ways to get great results is to use a TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise). This is an amazing invention and a fantastic way to use your own body weight to achieve core stability, body strength and toning. Thanks to the Navy Seals that took the idea from the Gymnastic rings, it gives people like you and I the ability to workout and challenge our bodies in an extremely healthy and forgiving way. Also TRX can also be used almost anywhere i.e. in your home, at the gym, in a forest or a park.
It takes seconds to set up, all you need is some teaching techniques to get you going.
Another really good option, which can be used within the home or gym environment is a fitness ball otherwise known as a Swiss ball. Swiss balls can really make exercise fun and help you master core stability, co-ordination contro and strength. Sitting on a Swiss ball instead of a chair is a very good way to keep your spine healthy and help you maintain good posture.
Swiss balls come in 4 different sizes which range from 55cm for someone who is 5ft tall to 85cm for someone who is 6ft 2 or taller. There are many different types of exercises that you can do on a Swiss ball, from the basic plank hold to a more advance jack-knife press up. Using a Swiss ball ensures that you fire up all your core stabilisation muscle group as with the Swiss ball dynamics you are forced to take control of the ball rather than have the ball take control of you. Basic Swiss ball exercises can be achieved on your own but to gain the maximum benefits it is advisable to attend a Swiss ball class or have guidance from a trainer.