We all know that spinning isn’t just a “leg workout”. It’s a fantastic cardio workout (with just one side effect: fantastically toned legs!), but it can also work out your core, greatly.
Then again, your core can technically get a workout, even while you’re just standing, or sitting down at your desk to work.
But nope. Don’t pull your gut in for that “workout” just yet, that’s not what we meant.
Because where is the core? Technically.
Before somebody vaguely points to your abdomen in answer, here’s what you need to realize: the core comprises of more than just your abdominal muscles (in fact, more abdominal muscles that you probably know of). It also comprises your lower back muscles, and some of your glutes.
You have heard people refer to planking as a great exercise for your abs and back. This is precisely why.
In ballet for example, when you’re standing, you are required to tuck your tailbone in – a tad from where it naturally is when not engaged – to engage your glutes, lower back, and your stomach, after which your shoulders and arms fall in place the right way. A dancer is always taught that their arms are supported by the scapula, the scapula is supported by their back, and the back is supported by the stomach.
So a balletic wave of the arm that you’d see, has the clarity and purpose that it does because every muscle in the arm, as well as the back and the abdomen are engaged in making that happen. That posture and grace you see isn’t just a matter of rolling the shoulders back and elongating the neck…
It comes from the core.
Which is constantly being worked, even for a little flourish of the arm during curtain call.
So try engaging your core whenever you stand, dance, run, or spin, for example. Bring your awareness to your core, and all the muscles that it’s made of.