Your body’s core muscle group is the area around your trunk and pelvis. Strong core muscles allow you to do most physical activities. Weak core muscles leave you susceptible to lower back pain, poor posture, and other muscle injuries. If you have lower back pain from golf, it could be from a weak core muscle group. The following exercises will help strengthen your core muscles. Feel free to incorporate the use of an exercise ball in many core exercises.
1. Dumbbell Side Bends – Equipment – Dumbbells Stand straight with feet shoulder width. With a dumbbell in each hand, bend to the left and then back to the starting position. Repeat this exercise with both sides. You do not bend forward or back, only to each side.
2. Superman – Lie face down on the floor with legs and arms extended straight above your head. Lift both your arms and legs up which will cause a curve in your body.
3. Crunches – Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your hands behind your head or across your chest. Slightly raise up off the ground, and back down. You will feel the workout in your abdominals.
4. Reverse Crunch – Lie flat on your back with your knees your knees bend and hands behind your head. Raise your legs and bend your knees to a ninety degree angle. Pull your knees toward your chest, and return to the starting position. All the exercises listed are just a small sample of items to incorporate into a training program. I recommend you meet with a trainer at least one time and develop a program to meet your specific needs.