When people find out I am a personal trainer, it is usually followed up with a question about a minor injury they are currently suffering from. My response is most often strengthen your core.
Our core is a complex series of muscles including the abs, obliques, transverse abdominus and psoas. These muscles are most often act as stabilizers to other muscle groups either providing or absorbing force. Increasing core strength can help prevent injury by reducing the strain on other muscle groups.
I had a weak glute and certain activities, including sleeping, would inflame my hip and low back. I began daily exercises to strengthen my glutes and core to stabilize my pelvis.
Core strength comes from more than crunches. You want to do activities that engage our deep muscles like bicycles and leg lifts.
Feel free to reach out to me about your core.