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Core Strength. Why is it important for your child?

Core strength is the development of the torso muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body. Poor core strength can cause poor posture which can also affect gross motor and fine motor skills. Building strong core strength is like building a strong foundation for your child.

The easiest way to develop core strength is through good old fashioned outdoor play! Children need daily opportunities to run, jump, climb, crawl and explore in an unstructured environment. This enables them to develop good physical literacy.

Children with poor core strength will tend to slump with shoulders rolled forward while seated, they have poor endurance, and they may exhibit poor balance.

There are ways to help your child exercise and strengthen their core muscles. Participating in regular physical or sporting activities will go a long way in helping them.

Listed below are a few exercises/activities for core strength development: The Wheelbarrow Bouncing – Such as Hops or a Trampoline Exercise ball Swivel ride on toys (with no pedals) Swinging – without anyone pushing Superman Pose – lying on the stomach and lifting arms and legs Sit-ups Lounge & Twist Twister – the game Crawling through a tunnel Climbing a ladder – such as for a slide Riding a bike Skating Swimming

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