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About the Video:
NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger and Kjell Lindgren describe the need for astronauts in space to have strong core muscles, while astronaut trainer Yamil Garcia walks you through the "Commander Crunch" and "Pilot Plank" exercises.
How can you perform a physical activity that will improve abdominal and back muscles?
Back and abdominal muscles are known as the core muscles. They protect your spine, maintain proper posture, and transfer energy through your body for powerful movements such as swinging and throwing. These muscles work together as you sit up or lie down in bed, turn your body, pick up an object, and stand still. Core muscles also work together to maintain posture while wearing a heavy backpack.
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