It’s not new news that strengthening your core can help with low back pain. But, what you might not know is that having ripped six-pack abs isn’t enough. A recent study among runners at Ohio State University found that back pain is commonly caused by weak deep core muscles. Popular exercises like crunches or back extensions only work the surface abdominal muscles not the deep core muscles which are used to stabilize the spine. The most effective exercises for building deep core strength require you to hold your body in a static position, like plank exercises done in Pilates.
So, whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a weekend warrior focusing on Pilates type exercises is the best way to improve strength and stabilize your deep core. Here are some beginner Pilates exercises to get you started.