Ab exercises are always a good idea. Though the pursuit of defined abs may be the catalyst, the benefits of strong abs go way beyond just aesthetics.
That’s because strong abs are needed if you want to boast a rock-solid core. The core plays a part in virtually every type of major movement, including bending, twisting, jumping, walking, sitting and even just standing.
It’s the key to running faster, hiking longer, and basically doing any type of sport better. And of course that carries over into every day life. A strong core supports good posture and balance, makes day-to-day activities easier, and reduces the likelihood of suffering pain or injury.
Abs vs core. What’s the difference? While these two terms are often used interchangeably they are not the same. The core is like a big box sitting in your torso. Your abs make up the the front of the core, while the erector spinae (back muscle) are at the back, the pelvic muscles at the bottom, and the diaphragm (the muscle that helps you breathe) is at the top.