Lack of core strength is often a key component to back pain. In America, a major causal factor to weak core strength is the amount of time we spend sitting. Not only does sitting often result in poor spinal posture, it also allows us to relax core abdominal and spinal muscles that would normally be contracting to stabilize the spine while standing. This combination often results in pain, muscle imbalances, and other health issues such as metabolic syndrome and obesity. When attempting to strengthen the core, we first need to identify what we want the core to do.